Voting is under way in the final round of parliamentary elections in France tipped to give the centrist President Emmanuel Macron a massive majority and revolutionise the country’s political landscape.
The 39-year-old former banker, who was unknown to the public just three years ago, has defied all the unwritten rules of French politics with his meteoric rise to the top and now looks set to secure a position of almost unassailable power.
Polls said his La République En Marche (REM) party and its allies would take a massive majority of 400-470 seats in the 577-seat national assembly in the second round of voting, turbo-charging the president’s chances of driving through crucial economic reforms.
The Right-wing Les Républicains party and the Socialists, who between them have dominated the France’s political life for decades, were both set for humiliating losses.
Les Républicains and its allies are predicted to win 70-90 seats and the Socialists 20-30 seats, which is a loss for them of more than 200 seats after their five years in power under the highly unpopular president François Hollande.
An extreme left party, France Unbowed, led by firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was seen winning five to 15 seats along with its Communist Party allies.