In French legislative polls, Macron loses his absolute majority

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PARIS According to the final results released by the Interior Ministry on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron will not have an outright majority in the future National Assembly following the second round of legislative elections.

According to regional media reports, Macron’s Ensemble alliance gained 245 seats in Sunday’s elections, falling shy of the 289 needed for an absolute majority. The far-right National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, gained 89 seats, while the left-wing alliance NUPES, led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, got 131 seats.

In the second round of voting, 53.77 percent of voters abstained, compared to 57.36 percent in 2017.

Cabinet ministers who were not elected as deputies in their area would be obliged to retire, according to the French news channel BFMTV. On Sunday, a total of 1,148 candidates will compete in 572 run-off races to elect the 577-member National Assembly.

During his first term, Macron had an overwhelming majority, and in April, he overcame Le Pen to secure his second presidential term.