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France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT; Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament * pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains

French President Emmanuel Macron cheers supporters before voting during the final round of the country's parliamentary elections, in Le Touquet (Photo: Reuters)
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French President Emmanuel Macron cheers supporters before voting during the final round of the country's parliamentary elections, in Le Touquet (Photo: Reuters)

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Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron of the absolute majority he needs to govern with a free hand.

Initial projections were expected at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) from the election that could change the face of French politics.

Turnout by midday was a bit stronger - at 18.99% - than at the same time during a first round of voting last Sunday and than in 2017, when it reached only 18.43% and 17.75% respectively.

Macron won a second term in presidential elections in April.

If Sunday's vote does not

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First Published: Jun 19 2022 | 6:13 PM IST

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