PARIS ( Associated Press) — French President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition won the most seats in the final round of elections on Sunday, but lost its parliamentary majority, according to estimates.
Projections based on partial results suggest Macron’s candidate will win between 200 and 250 seats, far short of the 289 needed for an absolute majority in the National Assembly.
If proven, the situation would make it difficult for Macron to maneuver politically to pass the law.
A new coalition – made up of radical leftists, socialists and the Greens – will have between 150 and 200 seats as the main opposition, according to estimates.
They also indicate that the far-right National March rapidly increased its parliamentary attendance, from eight seats to more than 80.
Voting takes place across the country to elect 577 members of the National Assembly, the most influential region in the French Parliament.
The strong performance of the left-wing coalition, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, made it even more difficult for Macron to implement the agenda for which he was re-elected in May, which included tax cuts and raising the retirement age from 62 to 62. was given. 65. Year.
Macron will still have the ability to govern, but only by negotiating with lawmakers. The centrists may try to negotiate on a case-by-case basis, with the aim of preventing the opposition from increasing in numbers to reject the proposals.
The government can sometimes use a provision in the constitution to adopt a law without a vote.
A similar situation arose in 1988 with the government of socialist François Mitterrand, which at that time had to seek the support of the Communists and centrists to pass the law.
These parliamentary elections were once again defined by voter apathy, once more than half of registered voters stayed at home.
19-year-old Audrey Pellet, who voted in Bossy-Saint-Antoine in the southeast of the country, was saddened to see so few people running in the election.
“Some people have fought to be able to vote. It’s too bad that most young people don’t do this.”
Macron earlier this week made an emotional appeal to voters minutes before leaving for a tour of Romania and Ukraine, warning that an inconclusive election or an uncertain parliament could put the country at risk.
Jade Le Daly and Jeffrey Schaefer contributed to this report.