French President Emmanuel Macron has scored another political victory, this time with his party "Republic on the Move" (LREM), which is projected to win a majority of seats in the second round of France's parliamentary elections, according to polls.
As the preliminary results show, the party has gained a large majority in the assembly.
With its allies from MoDem centrist party, it is represented by 360 lawmakers, sparing the need to rely on other movements to pass legislation on labour codes, cut public expenditure by billions of euros, raise taxes on consumption and wealthy pensioners and invest more in training and innovative sectors.
The Republicans hung on to between 97 and 130 seats, down from over 200 in the last parliament, and remain the main opposition party.
The turnout in France's parliamentary election is trending low, with just over 35 percent of eligible voters casting ballots by late afternoon.
Ultra-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who Macron also defeated in the presidential vote, said he won in his Marseille district.
The assembly is set to be transformed with a new generation of lawmakers - younger, more female and more ethnically diverse - winning seats in the afterglow of Macron's success in last month's presidential election.
Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis admitted a "historic defeat" for his party and resigned from his post.
The party, which was in power for five years under former president Francois Hollande, has been associated with years of high unemployment, low national confidence and social unrest.
He said the Socialist party needs to change its ideas and its organization and that a "collective leadership" will replace him.
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Polling agency projections suggested Macron's Republic on the Move!
Voters showed little enthusiasm for the election in what could be a record low turnout.
The Socialist Party and its allies are projected to win 20 - 30 seats, far less than its current 277 seats. French President Emmanuel Macron's 14-mo.
The German Foreign Ministry quoted Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Twitter as saying that "the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe".
But his alliance with the French Communist Party could end up giving them more seats than Le Pen's National Front - even if her party gets more votes.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre. The far-right National Front are also expected to have minor presence despite their strong showing in the presidential contest.
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