French President Macron wins majority in parliament

Exit polls showed French President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move, LREM) party and its ally Modem winning between 355 and 360 seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

During last Sunday’s first round of voting, LREM garnered 32.3 percent of the vote. In French elections, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff is held between the top two vote-getters.

Before voting closed, pollsters had predicted LREM to win between 400 and 470 seats in parliament.

The voter turnout on Sunday was lower than expected, with the final turnout was estimated at between 42 and 43 percent. By midday Sunday, only 17.75 percent had cast a ballot, down from the 21.41 percent recorded at the same time of day during the 2012 parliamentary run-off vote.