President Macron's party wins parliamentary poll majority

President Macron's party wins parliamentary poll majority

French voters have cast their ballots to elect 577 lawmakers to the country's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with polling stations open from 8am to 6pm local time (from 7am to 5pm BST) across most of France - with several major cities's voting closing at 8 pm local time (7pm BST). Previously the yield spread, a measure of the premium investors demand for the perceived higher-risk French debt, had tightened to levels not seen since November as investors welcomed Macron's majority.

Projections showed the conservative Republicans and their allies to be the largest opposition group with 97-133 seats while the Socialist Party and its partners will secure 29-49 seats.

Official figures with 90 seats still left to be decided showed LREM had already won its majority.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who lost to Macron in the presidential election, won a seat in parliament for the first time, her National Front party confirmed.

"This is an opportunity for France".

His prime minister, Edouard Philippe, described the result as one of "hope over anger" and therein lies the biggest threat to Macron's presidency.

The second round of the parliamentary election was marked by weak voter turnout, estimated to be a record low of about 42%, down sharply on five years ago.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said it signalled voters "had not wanted to hand Macron a blank cheque".

Many victorious parliament members have not held office before.

The other incumbent, Gillard Collard, won by just 123 votes over a former bullfighter, Marie Sara, one of dozens of new MPs in the REM party with no prior political experience.

"Tonight, the collapse of the Socialist Party is beyond doubt".

"The rout of the Socialist Party is undeniable", said PS leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost his seat in the humiliating first round.

He said the party would have to rebuild itself from the top down.

France's far-right National Front (FN) leader and parliamentary candidate Marine Le Pen speaks (C) after the polls closed during the second round of the French parliamentary elections (elections legislatives in French) on June 18, 2017 in Henin-Beaumont, northern France.

Le Pen said nevertheless that the FN, "against a bloc that represents the interests of the oligarchy, are the only force of resistance".

With the June 27 start of the new session, the novices within the ranks of Macron's Republic on the Move! party will be learning at high-speed.

Gunmen on Sunday attacked a luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside Mali's capital, Bamako, killing two people in what the security minister called a terrorist attack, while 36 guests were rescued.

Macron's rivals went into the second round trying only to limit the scale of the newcomer's win. French voters are choosing legislators for t.

It appeared the message had some impact. The Socialists, who ruled the nation before Macron's independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won 6 percent of the vote.

The party is expected to win only a handful of seats despite its third-place showing in the first round.

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