French voters cast their ballots in the first round of a parliamentary election expected to give centrist President Emmanuel Macron the strong majority needed to carry out the far-reaching economic and social reforms he promises. Pascale Davies reports
France heads to the polls once again. This time voting on new members of parliament that will determine if Emmanuel Macrons' planned reforms move forward or are met with deadlock. He's been in power for only a month, and his centrist party, which didn't even exist before he announced his candidacy, is expected to win just over 31 percent in the first round of votes. If polls prove true Macron's fledging group called 'The republic on the move', would transform into a landslide majority in the second round next Sunday. Causing yet another blow for the mainstream parties on the right and left which failed to get a candidate into the presidential run-off. after dominating politics for decades. With 577 parliamentary seats up for grabs, the Socialist party and its allies are expected to trail with 20 percent of the vote. The runner up for the president's job, Marine Le Pen's National Front party, lagging behind with a predicted 17 per cent. In a country with unemployment hovering near 10 percent and at risk of breaking its public deficit commitments, Macron will need to win a majority to push through the reforms he has promised.