French elections: Macron loses absolute majority after historic good points for a lot proper and left

French elections: Macron loses absolute majority after historic gains for far right and left

Macron’s centrist alliance Ensemble! came first in Sunday’s second round of legislative elections, securing 245 out of a total of 577, according to final results released by the French interior ministry — more than any other political party.

However, it still fell short of the 289 seat threshold for an absolute majority in the National Assembly, France’s lower house.

Leftist coalition New Ecological and Social People’s Union (NUPES), a pan-left coalition led by far-left figure Jean-Luc Mélenchon, came in second with 131 seats, according to the interior ministry’s results.

That would make NUPES the main opposition force in the country, though the coalition is expected to be divided on some issues once in parliament.

“The collapse of the presidential party is total, and no majority is presented,” Mélenchon said earlier in the evening, remarking on preliminary results.

“We have achieved the political objective that we had set ourselves, in less than a month, to bring down the one…