Emmanuel Macron's En Marche wins majority in parliamentary elections

Exit polls: Large majority for Macron in French parliament

Exit polls: Large majority for Macron in French parliament

Some 33 seats remained to be assigned. But this can also be put down to the disillusionment with traditional parties, both on the right and left. The low turnout shows that mistrust towards politics has reached a peak.

Macron's win has been welcomed by France's no. 1 ally, Germany.

The scale of Macron's absolute majority shows the extent to which the new president, a newcomer to party politics, has managed to transform the French political landscape in record time.

But former education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem - a one-time Socialist star - was beaten by an LREM candidate in the central city of Lyon, while former labor minister Myriam El Khomri lost to Macron-supporting candidate Pierre-Yves Bournazel in the capital.

The findings of the party debate, including a meeting of top officials in late July, will go to party members in a much-broader party congress, expected to take place at the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Catherine Barbaroux, its president, said: 'This is a historic event for women in the National Assembly'.

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Under French legislation, a minimum of 15 parliamentarians is required to from a parliamentary group, an instrument of exerting influence on the lawmaking process.

French president Emmanuel Macron was poised to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms on Monday after his centrist party redrew the country's political map with a victory in parliamentary elections.

Only a few days ago, Macron expressed his fear of "ending up with too many [members of parliament]", leading French commentators to mock En Marche for its inexperienced candidates, many of whom had never held elected office in their lives.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a new government line-up on Wednesday after their clear win in parliamentary elections, the Elysee Palace says.

The second round of the parliamentary election was marked by weak voter turnout, estimated to be a record low of about 42%, down sharply on five years ago. The left-wing parties saw a defeat with the former ruling Socialist Party getting 29 seats. Socialist party leader Jean-Claude Cambadelis immediately declared his retirement from the party post.

The conservative Les Republicains may now have nearly half the seats they had before, but with 137 MPs, they are still a force to be reckoned with.

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It wasn't all good news for Macron.

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

The party said its leader, Marine Le Pen, had won a seat in the northern, former coal-mining heartlands around Henin-Beaumont in the Pas-de-Calais.

"We are the only force of resistance to the watering down of France, of its social model and its identity", Le Pen said, arguing that her National Front still had a role to play. "This abstention considerably weakens the legitimacy of the new National Assembly".

The new assembly is set to be transformed with younger, more ethnically diverse lawmakers and 223 women - a record number.

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