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Emmanuel Macron expects to lose the majority in the French National Assembly

The French president was re-elected less than two months ago, but will now find it difficult to push through his agenda (Photo: AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to lose its parliamentary majority less than two months after re-election.

Projections this evening based on partial results show that his alliance will get the most seats in the last round of parliamentary elections – but lose its majority.

They show that Mr Macron’s candidates would win between 200 and 250 seats – far less than the 289 needed to have a straight majority in the National Assembly, France’s most powerful house.

The situation, which is unusual in France, is expected to make Mr Macron’s political maneuver difficult.

Hy won the presidential election at the end of April with 58.5% of the votebut the country was deeply divided with growing support for Far Right Marine Le Pen.

Many also wanted left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who was eliminated in the previous vote, to win the presidency, saying they voted for Macron to try to stop Le Pen’s threat, instead of out of conviction. that he was the best candidate.

Emmanuel Macron swings as he leaves after casting his vote in the second stage of the French parliamentary elections today (Photo: Getty)

A new coalition – composed of hard leftists, the Socialists and the Greens and led by Melenchon – is projected to become the main opposition force in France with about 150 to 200 seats.

Le Pen’s far-reaching National Rally is projected to record an enormous turnout with possibly more than 80 seats, up from eight previously.

National polls are being held to select the 577 members of the National Assembly.

The strong performance of the left-wing coalition is expected to make it more difficult for Mr Macron to implement the agenda on which he was re-elected in May, including tax cuts and an increase in France’s retirement age from 62 to 65. .

Mr Macron’s government will still have the power to govern, but only by negotiating with legislators.

The centrists can try to negotiate on a case-by-case basis with politicians from the center-left and the Conservative Party – with the aim of ensuring that opposition politicians are strong enough to reject the proposed measures.

The government could also occasionally use a special measure provided for in the French constitution to pass a law without a vote.

Macron meets supporters before voting in the last round (Image: Reuters)

A similar situation occurred in 1988 under the Socialist president Francois Mitterrand, who then had to seek support from the Communists or the centrists to pass laws.

These parliamentary elections have been redefined in large part by voter apathy – with more than half of the electorate remaining at home.

Audrey Paillet, 19, who cast her vote in Boussy-Saint-Antoine in southeastern Paris, was sad that so few people came.

‘Some people have fought to vote. It’s unfortunate that most young people do not do that, ‘she said.

Earlier this week, Macron warned that an incomprehensible election, or hong parliament, would endanger the nation.

Standing on a runway with the presidential plane waiting in the background for a visit to French troops stationed near Ukraine, he said: ‘In these turbulent times, the choice you will make this Sunday is more crucial than ever.

‘Nothing would be worse than adding French disruption to the disruption of the world.’

But Simon Nouis, an engineer voting in southern Paris, said: ‘I’m not afraid of having a National Assembly that is more divided between different parties. I hope for a regime that is more parliamentary and less presidential, as you may have in other countries. ‘

Mr Macron’s failure to gain a majority could have ramifications across Europe.

Analysts predict that the French leader will have to spend the rest of his term focusing more on his domestic agenda than on his foreign policy.

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Emmanuel Macron expects to lose the majority in the French National Assembly

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