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Macron's party seen winning majority in French legislatives - poll
May 24, 2017 / 2:28 PM / 3 months ago

Macron's party seen winning majority in French legislatives - poll

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 23, 2017.Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win as much as a third of the vote in legislative elections next month, giving it a solid majority, two polls showed on Wednesday.

Macron's Republic On The Move (LREM) would win 33 percent of the vote in the first round of voting on June 11, an Elabe poll for BFM TV found.

A separate Ifop Fiducial poll for Paris Match magazine, CNews TV and Sud Radio found 31 percent of those surveyed planned on voting for LREM.

That was up from up from 22 percent the last time the poll was conducted on May 4-5, before Macron was elected president in a runoff vote against far right leader Marine Le Pen on May 7.

In the Elabe poll 20 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for the conservative Republicans party, which was seen winning 19 percent of the vote in the Ifop poll.

That would be just barely ahead of Le Pen's National Front, which was at 19 percent in the Elabe poll and 18 percent in the Ifop poll.

The far left France Unbowed party was seen winning 15 percent in the Ifop poll and 12 percent in the Elabe poll.

In both cases that was well ahead of the Socialists at about seven percent, far behind the 29.5 percent they won in the last legislative election in 2012, giving them a majority with their allies.

Neither poll offered an estimate of how many seats parties could win in the second round of voting on June 18.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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