President Emmanuel Macron is on course to lose his absolute majority in the National Assembly as well as control of his reform agenda after the first projections by four pollsters showed Sunday’s election delivering a hung parliament. Mr Macron’s centrist Ensemble! party was set to end up with the most seats followed by the left-wing Nupes bloc headed by the hard left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon, the polls show.
Forecasts by pollster Ifop, OpinionWay, Elabe and Ipsos showed Ensemble! winning 200-260 seats and Nupes securing 149-200.
The threshold for an absolute majority is 289 seats in the lower house.
News agency AFP says Ms Le Pen’s far-right party has also made “major gains” in the election, according to projections.
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