Rout by Macron's party in French parliamentary election vote

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Rout by Macron's party in French parliamentary election vote

French voters on returned to the polls on Sunday for the second round of a parliamentary election, which President Emmanuel Macron's youthful party is tipped to win by a landslide, completing his reset of national politics.

REM won 32 percent of the votes cast in the first round, but this represented only about 15 percent of registered voters. However, the Republicans would not pose any threat to Macron's governance.

In May, he scored a resounding win over far-right leader of the Front National, Marine Le Pen, in the final round of the presidential contest, winning 66.1% of the vote.

With 57% of votes counted, the Interior Ministry said that Mr Macron's party had won 4% of the vote, followed by the conservative Republicans with 23%.

FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, the president of La République En Marche party Catherine Barbaroux, delivers her speech at her Party headquarter in Paris, France.

Macron's party "vampirized" the left and right after his huge win in the presidential ballot, Dabi said on CNews TV.

The president "has all the power", said Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who resigned from his post as head of the Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing Assembly but was flattened by the unpopularity of former President Francois Holland.

Pollsters project that Macron's party and its allies won a clear majority in the National Assembly, the powerful lower house.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the firebrand leader of the movement, is running for election in the southern city of Marseille on a promise to lead resistance to Macron's radical labour market reforms.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also welcomed the vote's outcome, tweeting that it paved "the way for reforms in France+Europe".

Three pollsters projected turnout to be at 42-43 percent at the close of polling, a record low in the post-war Fifth Republic.

The traditional right and left parties that had dominated parliament and government for decades saw their presence in the assembly shrink significantly, confirming the redrawing of the French political landscape that began when the Socialists and the rightwing Républicains were knocked out in the first round of spring's presidential election. His centrist Republic on the Move! party is expected to win more than 400 seats.

However, the National Front party she leads is only forecast to get a total of four to eight seats.

That would allow Macron to move fast with promised legislation, notably on changing labor laws to make hiring and firing easier.

Less than half of the 47.5 million-strong electorate turned out for the first round last Sunday, a record low.

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