Big majority for Macron in parliament

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The 39-year-old’s centrist movement and its allies won 350 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly on Sunday.

The result is far beyond the 289 seats required for an absolute majority.

Mr Macron had been hoping for such a win to strengthen his hand and have enough support to implement a business-friendly, pro-EU programme in government.

Voter turnout was projected to be 42 per cent - a record low for parliamentary elections
Image:Voter turnout was projected to be 42 per cent – a record low for parliamentary elections

The President wants to tackle stubbornly high unemployment rates by loosening labour laws, but he runs the risk of triggering mass protests from workers.

During his campaign, Mr Macron also vowed to clean up politics after a slew of corruption and tax scandals, and unveil new anti-terror legislation to replace the state of emergency imposed after the Paris attacks of November 2015.

The conservative Republicans and its allies hung on to 131 seats, down from over 200 in the last parliament.

Marine Le Pen addresses the crowd after the first round of the French presidential Election
Image:Marine Le Pen won a seat in parliament, but her two top aides lost theirs

It has been a bad night for the Socialists, which shed more than 250 seats, winning just 29.

The party, which was in power for five years under former president Francois Hollande, has been associated with years of high unemployment, low national confidence and social unrest.

Marine Le Pen, Mr Macron’s far-right rival in the final round of the presidential election, has won a seat in parliament for the first time.

The National Front party she leads won eight seats in total.

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