Centrist En Marche party on 32% vote share and heading for large majority but low turnout may weaken eventual mandate

The French president Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist party is within reach of an overwhelming majority in parliament after exit polls showed it topping the poll with 32% in the first round on Sunday, but with a low voter turnout.

Macron’s fledgling centrist movement La République En Marche (Republic on the Move) – set up just over a year ago as a vehicle for him to win the presidency – could, with its centrist allies, go from zero to up to 430 seats in the 577-seat French National Assembly. This would be one of the biggest majorities in post-war France.

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