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As it happened: France pursues political revamp as Macron's party tops first-round vote

© AFP | President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot in the northern constituency of Le Touquet on June 11, 2017.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-06-12

President Emmanuel Macron’s party has topped round one of France's legislative polls with 32.32% of the vote, ahead of the conservative LR (21.56%) and the far right FN (13.2%), according to final results.

  • The stakes are high for all political forces as Macron and his La République en Marche (LREM) look to assemble the majority the president needs to push through his agenda, while others, like the Socialist Party, are fighting for their political survival.
  • The far-left France Insoumise party came fourth on Sunday with 11.02%, followed by the Socialists with 9.51%.
  • Voter abstention reached a record high of 51.29 percent.
  • If the first-round trend is confirmed on Sunday, June 18's second and final round, Macron's party would be on course for a huge majority of between 415 and 455 lawmakers in the 577-seat National Assembly.

Date created : 2017-06-11

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