The Macron Alliance will lose a parliamentary majority: Forecasts Election news

The centrist coalition of French President Emmanuel Macron predicts that it will not win a majority of 577 seats in the National Assembly.

The alliance of French President Emmanuel Macron won the most seats in the last round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, but lost its parliamentary majority, according to forecasts.

Estimates based on partial results show that Macron’s candidates will win between 200 and 250 seats – far less than the 289 needed for an absolute majority in the National Assembly, France’s most powerful chamber of parliament.

The result means that Macron’s coalition will be the largest party in the next assembly. The lack of a majority means the president may be forced to form alliances with other parties.

“It’s less than we hoped for. The French did not give us an absolute majority. This is an unprecedented situation that will require us to overcome our divisions, “said Gabriel Atal, Minister of Budget.

A new coalition – made up of the hard left, the Socialists and the Greens – is expected to become the main opposition force with about 150 to 200 seats.

The far-right national rally is expected to grow by more than 80 seats, up from eight before.

Sunday’s election result was set to be on Macron’s agenda for a second term since his re-election in April, with the 44-year-old president in need of a majority to meet promised tax cuts and social reform and raise the age of retirement.

These parliamentary elections are largely determined by the apathy of the voters – with more than half of the electorate staying home for the first round, and disagreements between the candidates further discouraging people.

Turnout was 38.11 percent at 3 p.m. GMT, the interior ministry said Sunday. The figure fell from 39.42 percent recorded in the first round on June 12 at the same stage, although it increased from 35.33 percent recorded in 2017.

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