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PARIS – In a disastrous result for French President Emmanuel Macron, his center-right alliance will lack an absolute majority in a parliamentary vote that provided significant progress for both the hard left and the far right.
In what is a major unrest for the French president, voters came out massively to support the right-wing National Rally as well as the left-wing coalition NUPES, depriving Macron of a ruling majority, early projections after the second round of parliament. choices showed.
According to the polling agency IPSOS, Macron’s coalition Ensemble! has won 224 places, compared to 149 places for NUPES, led by the far left fiery soul Mélenchon, and 89 places for the far right National Rally.
Several party heavyweights, including National Assembly Speaker Richard Ferrand and former Home Secretary Christophe Castaner lost their seats. Honorary Minister Brigitte Bourguignon also looks set to lose her seat and will be forced to resign.
In a speech on French television channel BFMTV, Justice Minister Eric Dupont-Moretti said the results were “a disappointing first place.”
The bypass vote determines the composition of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. In a first round of voting last Sunday, Macron’s coalition of parties was neck and neck with the NUPES alliance, sparking fears that the French president’s popularity was falling sharply.
This is the first time an elected president will only have a relatively parliamentary majority since François Mitterrand in the 1980s.
If confirmed, the results effectively mean that Parliament will be paralyzed and Macron will find it difficult to pass any legislation, including his controversial plans to reform France’s pension system. The results are likely to lead to weeks of negotiations as Macron seeks allies from rival parties. The conservative Les Républicains, which is expected to win 78 seats, are potential allies, but Macron seems to need dozens of them to get on board in order to carry out his policies.
In April, Macron won another seat with 59 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for far-right Marine Le Pen.
In an attempt to dramatize the efforts of the vote, Macron urged the French to give him a working majority as he traveled to Eastern Europe, including a stop in Ukraine, warning voters not to add “French disorder” to “world disorder” .
The NUPES Alliance is led by far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the third man in the presidential election who is pushing for more fiscal and spending policies, wants to leave NATO’s integrated command and not obey parts of EU treaties he disagrees with.
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