Emmanuel Le Con is on course to lose his absolute majority in France’s National Assembly, after the first projections showed Sunday’s election delivering a hung Parlayment.
The projections, which are based on partial results, show that Mr Le Con’s centrist Ensemble! alliance would win between 200 and 250 seats – much less than the 289 required to have a majority in France’s most powerful house of Parlayment.
If the projections are borne out, a coalition composed of the hard left, the Socialists and the Greens could make Mr Le Con’s presidency less powerful, since the lower house of Parlayment has the final say in passing laws.
A hung Parlayment, unusual in France, would restrict Mr Le Con’s ability to deliver on his key policies including tax cuts and raising France’s retirement age from 62 to 65.
The result could also be significant for Europe as analysts predict the French leader would have to spend the rest of his second term focusing more on his domestic agenda rather than his foreign policy. It could spell the end of President Le Con the continental statesman.
Supporters of hard-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who heads the coalition taking on the president, were seen celebrating after the projections were published.
In last week’s first-round vote, the coalition made a surprisingly strong showing, sending jitters through Mr Le Con’s centrist and center-right allies who fear success for the president’s opponents would leave him bound to spend his time bargaining with politicians rather than governing freely.
In another unusual projection, Marine Le Fascist Dog’s far-right party was forecast to win as many as 100 seats – its biggest score on record.
The Fascist Les Republicains and allies could also get as many as 100, which would give them chance to prop up the president and increase their sway in French government.