France has voted in the second round of its legislative elections, deciding how many seats each party will take in the 577-seat National Assembly.
Exit polls predicted that members of the President’s La République en Marche! party and their MoDem allies will win 361 seats. The party needed 289 for an absolute majority so looks as if it will have a comfortable margin.
The win is smaller than predicted immediately before the second-round vote, however, when opinion polls had En Marche winning between 390 and 445 seats.
- La République En Marche! and their MoDem allies: 361
- Les Républicains predicted to do better than originally expected: 126
- Le Parti Socialiste down from nearly 300 seats in the last parliament, as their leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis resigns: 46.
- La France Insoumise haven’t succeeded in outstripping the Socialists but Jean-Luc Melenchon wins his seat: 26.
- Front National don’t have enough to form a grouping but do better than predicted and Marine Le Pen wins her seat: 8.
- Abstention looks likely to hit a record high of over 56%.
Losing party reactions
The leaders of all the main political parties have reacted to the results, with National Front’s Marine Le Pen and France Insoumise’s Jean-Luc Melenchon both claiming that the record abstention rate called into question the legitimacy of President Macron’s democratic mandate. Jean-Luc Melenchon described it as a sort of “general strike”.
“Il y a un état de lassitude et de fatigue vis-à-vis de la politique. L’abstention fragilise la majorité.” #Législatives2017— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) June 18, 2017
The Socialist’s leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis effectively resigned as he gave his reaction to the results, which will have seen his party’s nearly 300 seats slashed by about 85%.
Leader of the campaign for Les Républicains, Francois Baroin, said that he wanted the best for France and therefore wished President Macron and En Marche well. He praised his party’s campaign, which had led to a better result than it had achieved in the presidential election.
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