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Macron's party dominates French parliamentary vote

Macron's party dominates French parliamentary vote

Macron's party, which didn't exist 14 months ago and offered novice candidates from civilian life for many seats, drew from both the left and right to fill its ranks, effectively blurring the country's traditional political divide.

Ms Le Pen said she would "fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government", especially what she called Mr Macron's pro-European, pro-migrant policies. At the end of the afternoon, turnout stood at only 35 percent - below last week's record low.

In a televised speech, LREM president Catherine Barbaroux said "the magnitude of this new majority is an opportunity for France".

Mr Macron's year-old Republic on the Move (REM) and its allies were set to win between 355 and 425 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, according to partial results from the second round of an election in which many high-profile figures were thrown out.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen won a seat in the National Assembly for the first time.

This is well down from 46.42 percent seen in the 2012 election and 40.75 percent in the first round of voting in these legislative elections on June 11. His opponent, a former bullfighter representing Macron's party got a public boost this week from visiting Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Le Pen's victory was a rare bright spot for Le Pen's nationalist and anti-EU party which was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Macron but is now expected to have only a handful of lawmakers.

French authorities say 17.8 percent of voters have cast ballots so far in the final round of parliamentary elections, down from previous votes, amid concern about low turnout.

The party is expected to win only a handful of seats despite its third-place showing in the first round.

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen is voting in the depressed northern town of Henin-Beaumont, where she is running for a parliament seat.

Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May 7 election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.

The three projections predicted the conservative Republicans and their allies would form the largest opposition bloc with 107-133 seats, while the Socialist Party - in power for the last five years - and its partners would secure 30-49 seats, their lowest ever.