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French vote: Macron's party gets large majority

French vote: Macron's party gets large majority

The second and final round of legislative competition cleared the way for France's youngest top official to control the country's political power over five-year term.

According to exit polls released after voting ended on Sunday evening, Macron's LREM and its ally, the centrist MoDem party, will return 360 lawmakers to the National Assembly's 577-seat chamber - far more than the 289 needed for an absolute majority. However, the Republicans would not pose any threat to Macron's governance.

His party dominated France's traditional parties, the rightwing Republicans and Socialists, but also the far-right National Front (FN) of defeated presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which fell far short of its target.

The ministry added that the party received 41.25% of votes after 56.76 percent of ballots count, the state's Interior Ministry said Sunday.

FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, the president of La République En Marche party Catherine Barbaroux, delivers her speech at her Party headquarter in Paris, France.

Macron left a position in the Socialist government to run an independent presidential campaign.

The Socialists, who dominated the outgoing Assembly with 314 seats, but were flattened under the unpopularity of former President Francois Hollande, could win as few as 20 seats.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the firebrand leader of the movement, is running for election in the southern city of Marseille on a promise to lead resistance to Macron's radical labour market reforms.

The scale of the change is forecast to be so large that some observers have compared the overhaul to 1958, the start of the present presidential system, or even the post-war rebirth of French democracy in 1945.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also welcomed the vote's outcome, tweeting that it paved "the way for reforms in France+Europe".

New president's centrist party trounces opponents in second round of election.

Polling agency projections suggested Macron's Republic on the Move!

Her National Front party is predicted to secure six seats.

But the results were tempered by a record low turnout of around 43%.

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

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre.

That would allow Macron to move fast with promised legislation, notably on changing labor laws to make hiring and firing easier.

Less than half of the 47.5 million-strong electorate turned out last Sunday, a record low that especially punished Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party.

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