- President Emmanuel Macron’s party expected to win majority of seats
- A landslide victory will help Macron carry out political and economic reforms
That margin of victory would give Macron, a pro-European centrist, the large majority he craves to further his political revolution — and would inflict a further blow on the country’s traditional ruling parties. The conservative Les Républicains and their allies trailed with about 125 to 133 seats, according to BFMTV.
The center-left Socialist Party and their allies are projected to win 41 to 49 seats. Party leaders began reacting to the projected results soon after polls closed closed Sunday evening.
The far-right National Front stood to gain 6 to 8 seats.
“This evening despite an alarmingly low turnout, the triumph of Emmanuel Macron is indisputable, the defeat of the left is unavoidable, the defeat of the Socialist party is without appeal, the right is facing a real failure,” said Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the leader of the Socialist party.
François Baroin, the leader of Les Republicains, also remarked on the low turnout.
But he told BFMTV that Macron was “the artisan of this victory” and wished him success.
Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won the first round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls.
Turnout again looked set to be low for the second round. Nationwide, it stood at just over 35% as of 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) on Sunday, France’s Interior Ministry said on its website, significantly down compared with the same time in the 2012 election.
How the elections work
To win a seat outright in the first round of voting, candidates had to win more than half the votes, which must account for at least a quarter of the registered voters.
If no single candidate managed to achieve that target, then all candidates who won at least 12.5% of registered voters advanced to the second round. The winner from the second round will then advance to Parliament.
According to BFMTV, more than 1,000 candidates ran in Sunday’s elections.
La Republique En Marche and the Mouvement Démocrate won a combined 32.3% of the vote in the election’s first round. The established Les Républicains trailed with 15.8% of the vote.