French President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche party is heading towards securing an overwhelming majority in the parliament, after exit polls showed the party securing 32% in the first round on Sunday.
Macron’s party, which was set up more than a year ago, could secure as many as 430 seats in the 577-seat French national assembly. A win of this magnitude could be one of the biggest majorities in French politics in postwar France.
On the other hand, Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National, which came second in the presidential election with 10.6m votes, was projected to win between three and 11 seats – with about 14% of the vote, which the party said was “disappointing”.
Macron needs a solid majority in the final round of elections on June 18 if he is to put in place his plans to loosen France’s extensive labour laws and change the French welfare system on pensions and unemployment benefits.
The President’s parliamentary candidates include a historic number of total newcomers to parliamentary politics, which range from an ex-bullfighter to a former fighter pilot, a mathematician and an anti-corruption magistrate as well as former local politicians.
(With inputs from ANI)