French President Emmanuel Macron looks down during the traditional Lily of the valley ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris Saturday May 1, 2021.

Video. Six key takeaways from France's election as Macron falls short

Macron candidates won 245 seats, ahead of the left-wing coalition NUPES and its allies on 131 seats, while the far-right National Rally achieved a historic breakthrough with 89 seats.

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