Merkel congratulates Macron on 'clear parliamentary majority'

Macron casts ballot in French parliamentary vote

Macron casts ballot in French parliamentary vote

His party dominated France's traditional parties, the rightwing Republicans and Socialists, but also the far-right National Front (FN) of Marine Le Pen - whom he defeated in the presidential run-off - which fell far short of its target. The lack of interest in the elections will mean that the parliament will not be viewed as representative of all the French people, Le Pen wrote on Twitter, adding that French voters are suffering from a "state of weariness and boredom". The ministry said the far-right National Front was in third place with almost 10 percent followed by the Socialists with 6.2 percent.

The projections from Sunday's second-round legislative elections suggest that Macron's Republic on the Move! party handily beat the traditional left and right parties that have led the National Assembly for decades. At the end of the afternoon, turnout stood at only 35 percent - below last week's record low.

French authorities say 17.8 percent of voters have cast ballots so far in the final round of parliamentary elections, down from previous votes, amid concern about low turnout.

The scale of the majority hands Macron, a pro-European Union neoliberal politician who served as economy minister under former President Francois Hollande, a strong platform to push through his agenda of market liberalization to benefit investors in the euro zone's second-biggest economy. Four seats were won outright in last Sunday's first round.

Far-left ex-presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon is voting in the Mediterranean city of Marseille, where he is seeking a seat as well. Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Mr Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics. With 95 percent of the votes counted, Macron's En Marche! is projected to gain at least 281 seats, while MoDem is heading for at least 39 seats.

With its allies from MoDem centrist party, it is represented by 360 lawmakers, sparing the need to rely on other movements to pass legislation on labour codes, cut public expenditure by billions of euros, raise taxes on consumption and wealthy pensioners and invest more in training and innovative sectors.

The polls, by Kantar-Sofres and Ipsos/Sopra Steria, projected the main opposition force would be conservative party The Republicans and its allies with between 125 and 133 seats.

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