French President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition has lost its absolute majority in the parliament while Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is on its way to a 10-fold increase in the number of seats it will have, the first projections following the second round of the election show.
Projections show Ensemble as the President’s presidential coalition. It is estimated to hold 230 of the National Assembly seats. However, the centrist coalition, which includes Macron’s Renaissance party and several others, is set to fall short of the 289 seats necessary for an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly. In 2017, following Macron’s election as president, the La Republique en Marche (the party changed its name to Renaissance in May 2022) sent 308 deputies to the Palais-Bourbon.
Macron wouldn’t be able to pass his legislative plans if he didn’t have a majority of the parliamentarians. He would also need to rally support from another party, such as NUPES or any left-leaning alliance.
NUPES comes in second and will be able to claim up to 188 seats. Its head, Jean-Luc Melenchon, opposes Macron’s plan to reform France’s pension system and is instead calling for more public spending by cutting the national retirement age to 60 from 62.
Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Rally appears to be the biggest winner: it is on its way to securing between 75 and 95 seats, a substantial increase from the current seven seats.
Le Pen has just achieved an incredible personal feat with this impressive result. She received 41.45% during the second round.
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