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France begins voting in second round of parliamentary election

19 June 2017, 12:20 | Guillermo Sutton

French President Emmanuel Macron is on course for a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that will complete his overhaul of national politics as the first voters cast their ballots overseas today.

French President Emmanuel Macron carries a racquet as he returns home after he played tennis in Le Touquet, France, on the eve of the second round of parliamentary elections, June 17, 2017. Polls predict, however, that the party will secure no more than 90-95 seats, down from the 199 it now holds.

"People are exhausted of always seeing the same faces", said Natacha Dumay, a 59-year-old teacher voting in the northeastern Paris suburb of Pantin where Socialist former justice minister Elisabeth Guigou was voted out a week ago.

The Republicans are set to form the biggest opposition group, with about 130 seats, while the Socialists could be reduced to fewer than 40 deputies, pollsters said. Macron's party, which didn't exist 14 months ago and offered novice candidates from civilian life, has drawn from left and right to fill its ranks, effectively blurring the traditional left-right political divide.

The Socialist party, which holds 284 of the 577 seats, is expecting embarrassment following Francois Hollande's not-so-popular presidency.

"Even if we don't know the new faces it's not important".

Following the Paris terrorist attack in 2015, Lang said that "we would live in peace if Morocco's conception of Islam were applied everywhere", he also added that Morocco is a "very friendly country" and a model of "Islam of enlightenment and peace".

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Pollsters forecast them securing up to 470 seats, but low turnout in the first round has led critics to question the strength of the mandate for Macron's ambitious reform agenda. The low turnout rate trending Sunday could help do the job. They include a retired bullfighter, a Rwandan refugee and a Fields Medal-winning mathematician.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre.

Marine Le Pen, Macron's arch-rival on the far right, may get four to eight seats, they said.

The result, if confirmed, redraws France's political landscape, humiliating the Socialist and conservative parties which alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May.

The overall results will be a huge disappointment for the nationalist and anti-EU party which had once hoped to emerge as the main opposition in parliament to Macron's centrist party.

The hard-left France Unbowed is also struggling to maintain the momentum it had during the presidential election. The week before a planned summit of European Union leaders, and the start of Brexit talks, Macron also received the Estonian prime minister, whose country will preside over the work of European Union member states for six months from July.



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