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France in political turmoil after Macron loses parliament majority

Mr Macron's Ensemble or Together political movement will have only 246 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly in Paris. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is facing its first serious political crisis after it lost its majority in the parliamentary elections on Sunday (June 19).

Mr Macron’s Ensemble - or Together - coalition will have only 246 seats in the new 577-seat National Assembly in Paris, well short of the 289 required for an overall majority and sharply down on the 308 seats Macron loyalists controlled in the outgoing French Parliament, whose term expires on Tuesday.

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