Macron's alliance loses absolute majority in French parliamentary elections but remains largest bloc
10:42, Monday, 20 June, 2022
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 who, with such arrogance, had twisted the arm of the whole country, who had been elected without knowing what for." On the other end of the political spectrum, Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally party meanwhile won a record 89 seats, putting it in third place. "This group will be by far the largest in our political history," said Le Pen, who was also re-elected as MP.