On Sunday, French voters went to the polls in the first of two rounds to determine if President Emmanuel Macron will gain a substantial majority in parliament or be unable to enact his reform plan.
Polls suggest that a unified left-wing group might deny him an outright majority even if it does not control parliament. Macron’s ability to carry through his reform plan, including a pension overhaul he claims is required to recover public money, is jeopardized. His left-wing opponents, on the other hand, are reducing the retirement age and beginning a big expenditure campaign.
According to current projections, Macron and his supporters, including his former prime minister, Edouard Philippe’s new party, may fall short of a majority of 289 seats by a margin of 40. This will need him seeking collaboration from opposing parties.