Mr Macron’s “Together” coalition was on course to be the biggest party in the next National Assembly, but with 200-260 seats it will be short of the 289 seats needed for a majority, according to a range of projections by five French polling firms after Sunday’s second round.
The left only had 60 seats in the outgoing parliament, meaning they could triple their representation.
Hard-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon delivers his speech in his election night headquarters, Sunday, 19 June, 2022 in Paris. Source: AAP / Michel Euler/AP
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party was also on track for huge gains after having only eight seats in the outgoing parliament.
As president, Mr Macron retains control over foreign policy, with the 44-year-old seeking to play a prominent role in putting an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
‘Disappointing first place’
There could now potentially be weeks of political deadlock as the president seeks to reach out to new parties.
Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire denied that France would be ungovernable but admitted “a lot of imagination would be needed” from the ruling party in an “unprecedented situation”.
Ministers at risk
In another blow, key ministers standing for election were set to lose their jobs under a convention that they should resign if they fail to win seats.
Turnout was as forecast to be low, with polling institutes projecting an abstention rate of 53.5-54 percent, higher than the first round but not beating the record worst turnout of 2017.
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