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Macron set for second landslide

La République en Marche takes 32.2% of the vote in the first round of voting in the French parliamentary elections

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Macron set for second landslide

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French President, Emmanuel Macron, looks set to win his second landslide victory in just over a month, this time in the parliamentary elections.

Exit polls suggest that his party, La République en Marche, will take 32.2% of the vote in the first round of the elections to the French National Assembly, a sizeable lead over his nearest rivals, Les Républicains, who are predicted to take 21.5%. La Partie Socialiste, look set to fare particularly badly, predicted to walk away from the first round with a meagre 10.2% of the vote, less than is predicted for the Front National (14%) or the party of leftwing maverik, Jean-Luc Melanchon, La France Insoumise (11%).

La République en Marche is predicted to win between 390 and 430 seats in the second round, about two thirds of the total of 577. Macron needs 289 seats to give him the majority he needs to push his ambitious reforming programme through.