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22:18, 20 August 2017 Sunday
Update: 05:14, 19 June 2017 Monday

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French exit polls put Macron movement in pole position
French exit polls put Macron movement in pole position

President's team of political first-timers set to win absolute majority but low voter turnout could spoil celebrations

World Bulletin / News Desk

French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche! (LREM) political movement and its allies look set to win a landslide majority in Sunday’s elections.

According to exit polls released after voting ended on Sunday evening, Macron's LREM and its ally, the centrist MoDem party, will return 360 lawmakers to the National Assembly's 577-seat chamber -- far more than the 289 needed for an absolute majority.

This victory for the LREM -- a movement launched by Macron less than a year ago, and fielding a team of political novices -- is being viewed as a slap for mainstream French parties.

The center-right Republicains and their allies have trailed behind, with around 133 seats.

France’s Socialist Party and its allies are projected to win just 34 seats, a dramatic collapse from its previous haul of 277 seats.

Jean-Luc Melenchon’s far-left La France insoumise (Unbowed France) party and its Communist supporters are expected to hold 30 seats.

The far-right National Front of recently defeated presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is predicted to win a mere six seats.



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