Romina McGuiness, Express, May 30, 2017
Mr Macron may have stormed to victory in the French Presidential election, but his party En Marche is currently unrepresented in parliament, with elections beginning on June 11.
Mr Macron must secure a parliamentary majority in next month’s crucial National Assembly elections if he is to implement his reformative policies.
Without one, the centrist will be forced into a so-called ‘cohabitation’ with a hostile parliament.
A new Odoxa poll for L’Express and France Inter predicts that while En Marche is likely to win a majority with 29 per cent of the vote, Front National are second most popular with 17 per cent.
It means parliament may be in for a stormy time as Front National takes aim at Mr Macron‘s party’s policies.
The conservative The Republicans party and its ally, the centre-right Union of Independents and Democrats (UDI) party, are set to win 15 per cent of the vote, closely followed by far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Unbowed party, which is expected to garner 14 per cent of the vote.
The Socialist party – which currently holds the largest number of seats in parliament after being led by former President Francois Hollande – is expected to win just five per cent of the vote in the first round of voting, which takes place on June 11.
The second round of voting takes place a week later on June 18.
The poll, which questioned 1,014 registered French voters between May 22 and 23, also showed more than half of French voters – 58 per cent – think Mr Macron is a “good president”.
In addition, 47 per cent Mr Macron would do “more” for France than his predecessor Mr Hollande, over the course of his five-year term.