Macron ‘fails to win outright majority’ in French National Assembly after elections

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French President Emmanuel Macron is projected to lose his outright majority in the National Assembly – the most powerful branch of the country’s parliament.

The result is a setback for Mr Macron and his centrist alliance, which faced a strong challenge from a left-green coalition.

His alliance was set to win the most seats but fell short of an overall majority that would have given him the mandate to push through his campaign promises, which include tax cuts, raising France’s retirement age from 62 to 65, and increasing European Union integration.

Mr Macron’s alliance was opposed by a coalition of socialists and greens known as the New Ecologic and Social People’s Union (NUPES) and led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, 70.

The result means Mr Macron could now be plunged into a series of protracted negotiations on domestic policy at a time when the war in Ukraine has put foreign concerns centre stage.

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People across France went to the polls on Sunday for the final round of voting to decide the 577 members of the assembly, which is the lower house of parliament.

Mr Macron, 44, needed at least 289 seats for an absolute majority.

In last week’s first vote, the left-wing coalition made a surprisingly strong showing, sending jitters through Mr Macron’s allies.

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