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Macron’s Majority at Risk as Voters Elect New Parliament

  • Polls predict president’s party and allies to be largest bloc
  • Failure to get outright majority could force compromises
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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French voters begin the process of electing a parliament Sunday in a two-stage ballot that will determine how much power recently re-elected President Emmanuel Macron will actually have. If polls are right, he should maintain control, perhaps only barely.

The latest surveys suggest Macron’s renamed party, Renaissance, and its allies should remain the largest bloc in the 577-seat parliament. But just like his margin of victory narrowed sharply in April’s presidential election from his result five years ago, Macron’s majority in the National Assembly is also projected to shrink or may even disappear.