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Macron’s parliamentary majority in danger – RT World News

Election projections suggest the French president’s coalition may not retain absolute majority control of the National Assembly

President Emmanuel Macron’s parliamentary alliance was virtually tied to a leftist coalition led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon after Sunday’s first round of voting, and according to some projections it may not win enough seats in the second round to secure the majority necessary to pass its legislative initiatives.

The centrist Ensemble alliance, which supports Macron, barely beat the left-wing bloc with 25.75 to 25.66 percent of the popular vote, according to Interior Ministry data. The National Rally party led by populist Marine Le Pen, defeated by Macron in the April presidential election, won 18.68% of the vote on Sunday.

According to projections by various pollsters, Ensemble is expected to win between 225 and 310 seats in parliament in the June 19 runoff, according to the state-owned company. France Media Agency and France 24.

The alliance will have to obtain 289 seats for an absolute majority in the National Assembly of 577 seats. Without a majority, Macron could struggle to get his program passed by lawmakers, including the pension reforms he says are needed to shore up public finances.

The newly formed left-wing alliance NUPES is expected to win between 150 and 220 seats in the National Assembly, while the National Rally is expected to win up to 45 seats. NUPES, led by leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, opposes Macron’s plan to reform France’s pension system, calling instead for even more public spending by lowering the national retirement age from 60 to 60 year.

Macron has called for raising the age at which citizens can claim a full pension to 65 to help maintain the financial sustainability of the pension system. Without a parliamentary majority, he would need another party to help his coalition defeat the opposition NUPES. That support is unlikely to come from the National Rally, as Le Pen has spoken out against Macron’s plan, calling for a higher retirement age “unfair.”

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Sunday’s first round of elections saw record turnout, with less than half of registered voters casting their ballots.

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