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Macron’s Party Makes Big Win in Round One of Legislative Election: Exit Polls

Macron’s Party Makes Big Win in Round One of Legislative Election: Exit Polls

PARIS - President Emmanuel Macron’s party “The Republic On The Move” (LREM) and its ally MoDem took the lead in the first round of French legislative election on Sunday.
Major results of all available exit polls showed that LERM won up to 33.5 percent of votes, ahead of the conservatives which collected between 20.8 percent and 22 percent. Eying to form a strong opposition, the far-right National Front collected up to 14 percent while the outgoing ruling Socialist Party reported a poor score of between 9 and 10 percent.
Following the first result of parliamentary competition’s first leg, LREM and allies were likely to win between 415 and 455 seats out of the 577-seat lower house of parliament, securing a landslide majority. The Kantar Sofres-onepoint estimate, made for French newspaper Le Figaro, put the number at between 400 and 440 seats for LERM.
By 5 p.m. local time (1500 GMT), 40.75 percent had cast their ballots, the lowest turnout in the 5th Republic, compared with the same time of day in the first round of 2012, when the figure stood at 48.3 percent.
Opinion pollsters predict Sunday’s turnout to hit record low of 49 percent, mirroring the French people’s growing disinterest in legislative election. (Xinhua)