Macron loses majority in French parliament

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has lost his majority in the National Assembly as voters in France’s general election slammed into his pro-business agenda, positioning leaders of the far left and far right to wield unprecedented influence.

The results showed that Macron’s Renaissance party and its allies won 245 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. That gives him the most seats in France’s lower house, but not enough to retain the majority that enabled the French leader to roll over the opposition in his first term.

The coalition led by left-wing extremist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose party forged an alliance with French socialists, communists and the Greens, won 131 seats. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rallye National got 89 seats, while the conservative Les Républicains and their allies won 61 seats.

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Brian Lowry

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