Exit polls show Emmanuel Macron’s party on course for huge majority in French parliament 

11 Jun

That could see them plummet, with Green and radical allies, to 30-40 seats. Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, the party’s secretary general, called it an “unprecedented setback for the Left and notably for the Socialist Party”. Adding to the humiliation, he was eliminated from the runoff in Paris, as was the party’s defeated presidential candidate, Benoît Hamon.

Mr Cambadelis said: “It is neither healthy nor desirable for a president who gathered only 24 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidentials and who was elected in the second round only by the rejection of the extreme Right should benefit from a monopoly of national representation.”

The result looks set to confirm the dramatic shake-up French politics that began with Mr Macron’s election on May 7, further punishing the traditional Left and Right and leaving no single strong opposition force.

His party’s candidates include many newcomers to politics, including a retired bullfighter, a fighter pilot and a mathematical genius. Half are women. 

The ex-bullfighter, Marie Sara, is in pole position against the only incumbent Front National-allied MP, Gilbert Collard.

To win in the first round, candidates need an absolute majority and support from at least a quarter of the district’s registered voters.

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