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Macron's Party Seen Heading For Majority In French Parliament


French President Emmanuel Macron is looking for a strong performance by his new party in the June 11 election.

Partial results show French President Emmanuel Macron's new centrist party with a firm lead in the first round of parliamentary elections held on June 11.

With 46 percent of ballots counted in the election, the French Interior Ministry said Macron's Republic On The Move party had captured more than 26 percent of the vote for France’s 577-seat National Assembly.

The conservative Republicans had garnered 16 percent, while the far-right National Front had secured 14 percent. Jean-Luc Melenchon’s far-left party had 10 percent of the vote, while the Socialists had 7 percent.

French polling agencies, meanwhile, were projecting that Macron's party was expected to win an absolute majority.

Two pollsters said Republic On The Move and its ally, Modem, were set to win more than 400 seats, followed by the conservative Republicans.

The first round held June 11 eliminates candidates who garner less than 12.5 percent of registered voters, while next week's second round will determine the exact number of seats.

Macron easily defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the presidential runoff on May 7.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa