Macron coalition predicted to lose parliamentary majority

French President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition won the most seats in the final round of parliamentary elections – but lost a parliamentary majority, estimates show.

Those estimates, based on partial results, show Mr Macron’s candidate will win between 200 and 250 seats – far fewer than the 289 needed for a direct majority in the National Assembly, France’s most powerful parliament.

The situation, which is unusual in France, is expected to make Mr Macron’s political maneuvering difficult if the projections are given.

A new coalition – made up of the Hard Left, Socialists and Greens – is projected to become the main opposition party with around 150 to 200 seats.

The far-right national rally is likely to register a massive jump with over 80 seats, up from eight earlier.

A nationwide vote is being held to elect 577 members of the National Assembly, the most powerful branch of France’s parliament.


A voter picks up a ballot before voting in the second round of the French parliamentary election in Lyon (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

The strong performance of the leftist coalition, led by a coalition of hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, will make it harder for Mr Macron to implement his re-elected agenda in May, which includes tax cuts and raising France’s retirement age to 62 . to 65

Mr Macron’s government still has the ability to govern, but only by bargaining with legislators.

The Center may seek to negotiate on a case-by-case basis with left-wing and conservative party politicians, with the goal of preventing opposition politicians from being in sufficient numbers to reject the proposed measures.

The government may also sometimes use a special measure provided for by the French Constitution to adopt laws without a vote.

A similar situation occurred in 1988 under socialist President François Mitterrand, who then had to seek support from communists or centrists to pass legislation.

These parliamentary elections have once again been largely defined by voter apathy – with more than half the electorate staying home.

19-year-old Audrey Pellet, who cast her vote at Bossy-Saint-Antoine in southeast Paris, was sad that so few turned up.

“Some people have fought to vote. It is too bad that most of the youth do not do this,” she said.

Mr Macron made a powerfully choreographed appeal to voters earlier this week ahead of a trip to Romania and Ukraine, warning that an inconclusive election, or a hung parliament, would put the country at risk.


French President Emmanuel Macron reacts after casting his vote (Michel Spingler/AP)

“In these difficult times, the choice you make this Sunday is more important than ever,” he said on Tuesday, with the president’s plane awaiting the visit of French troops stationed near Ukraine.

“Nothing will be worse than adding French disorder to the chaos of the world,” he said.

Some voters agreed, and argued against electing candidates at the political extremes that gained popularity.

Others argued that the French system, which confers broad power to the president, should give more voice to a multi-faceted parliament and the president should act with more control over the Elysee palace and its occupiers.

“I am not afraid of a National Assembly that is more divided between different parties. I am looking forward to a regime that has more parliamentarians and less president than you can have in other countries,” voting in south Paris Simon Nuys, an engineer who did it, said.

“The disappointment was evident on the night of the first round for the leaders of the presidential party,” said Martin Quensz, political analyst at the German Marshall Fund for the United States.

Mr Macron’s failure to get a majority could have implications across Europe.

Analysts predict that the French leader will have to focus more on his domestic agenda rather than his foreign policy for the rest of his term.

This continental politician could spell the end of President Macron.