Polls open for French parliamentary election


French voters are casting ballots in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron's hold on power, as his fledgling party overturns politics as usual.

The poll had a margin of error of between 1.4 and 3.1 percent as allies of 39-year-old Macron look to provide strong parliamentary support following his groundbreaking presidential success in May.

In the first round, the abstention rate hit a almost 60-year high of 51.3 percent and is forecast to rise to 53-54 percent in the run-off, much higher than the 44.6 percent in the last election five years ago.

After a strong showing in the first round, Macron's La Republique En Marche party, is expected to win more than 400 seats in the lower house when the Sunday's second round of voting concludes.

Paris: President Emmanuel Macron remained on course for a landslide majority in France's parliamentary election on Sunday and turnout will be even lower than in the first round, an Odoxa opinion poll showed on Friday.

Around half of REM's candidates are virtual unknowns drawn from diverse fields of academia, business or local activism.

The centre-right Republicans Party and its Union of Democrats and Independents ally would garner 60 to 80 seats and the Socialists of former president Francois Hollande just 22 to 35, according to the poll.

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With only four seats filled in last week's first round, 573 of the National Assembly's 577 members will be elected in today's run-off contests.

"Looking for an opposition desperately", read the front page of Le Parisian newspaper on Saturday.

"Go and vote!" Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday.

REM has fielded a mix of centrists and moderate left- and right-wingers drawn from France's established parties, as well as complete newcomers including a star mathematician and a former bullfighter.

The centre-right Republicans had 21.5 per cent, while the far-right National Front (FN) had 13.2 per cent, followed by the far-left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) on just over 11 per cent.

The traditional rightwing Republicans, which most polls suggested would win the presidential and parliamentary elections only six months ago, are tipped for 60-132 seats from more than 200 now.

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