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Macron loses absolute majority in parliament Updated: 2022-06-20 05:39:58 KST

It was a defeat for French President Emmanuel Macron and his allies, as they lost their absolute majority in the National Assembly on Sunday.
Projections show Macron's Ensemble alliance will take between 210 and 240 seats, which is much less than the 289 required to have a straight parliamentary majority.
While the results still mean Macron's alliance will be the biggest party in the next 577-seat assembly, falling short of the majority means the newly re-elected president may be forced into alliances with other parties.
The left-wing alliance described the results as a "total defeat."

"It’s a totally unexpected situation, absolutely unprecedented. It’s a total defeat of the president’s party and there is no majority.

The right-wing National Rally is projected to register a huge surge with potentially over 80 seats, up from just eight before.

"The new faces that you will discover, faces beaming with enthusiasm and life, are the vanguard of this new political elite that will take responsibility for the country when the Macron adventure comes to an end."

The outcome of the vote could further slow down and hinder progress on a number of Macron's policies, as he relies on Parliament for many of his most important national projects including tax cuts, pension reform and raising the country's retirement age.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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