Despite low voter turnout France’s newest political party is predicted to take up to 80% of seats in major shift for republic

France has begun voting in parliamentary elections which are expected to hand Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority, a second triumph for him after his presidential victory and one which should allow him to embark on sweeping social and economic shakeups.

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