French, Italian bond yields plunge after Macron win, 5-Star setback

Nevertheless, voter turnout has hit a historic low with abstention in the first round reaching 51.6 percent, according to French Interior Ministry data.

The result was also disappointing for radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who had hoped for a parliamentary breakthrough on the back of his 19.6 per cent vote in the presidential election.

"The National Front has not recovered from the period between the two rounds (of the presidential election) and its successive mess-ups", Brice Teinturier of the Ipsos polling institute said on France 2 TV.

He added that many candidates for other parties have already served multiple terms and "are disconnected to the reality of what we live on a day by day basis".

The results showed Macron continuing to impress the French, a month after being elected France's youngest-ever president on May 7.

He said the massive majority Macron is projected to win is "neither healthy nor desirable" and warned against "unanimity" in parliament.

Marine Le Pen's FN party was left disappointed as she struggles to rebound from her bruising defeat by Macron in the presidential run-off, with the party's result largely unchanged from the first round of the 2012 vote.

They include tech entrepreneur Bruno Bonnell, who campaigned by sticking photos of him and Mr Macron on the side of a rented van in Villeurbanne, eastern France.

President Macron's La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move, LREM) and its allies took 32.3 per cent of the vote, official figures released early Monday show.

Such a share would give Macron - who founded his party just a year ago - one of the biggest parliamentary majorities the modern French state has seen.

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Less than half of voters cast their ballots, however, raising fears that the president's mandate could be weakened by a lack of participation.

But François Baroin, head of the Republicans, said the low turnout testified to the "deep divisions in French society" and was "extremely worrying". One stunning upset was that of the socialist party leader to 33-year-old Mounir Mahjoubi, Macron's new digital affairs minister and the son of Moroccan immigrants.

"The stakes of the second round are clear", said the Bordeaux mayor, calling for Republicans voters to turn out in force on Sunday.

On the right, the conservative Republicans were projected to end up with no more than 110 seats, and possibly as few as 70 - a dramatic drop from 215 in the outgoing parliament.

There was more good news for Macron as five of his six Cabinet ministers running in the elections are leading in their respective races and have good chances to win in next Sunday's run-off.

"Chancellor Merkel: My honest congratulations to Emmanuel Macron for the great success of his party in the first round".

The weak turnout will likely narrow the second-round field, because candidates need the support of 12.5 per cent of registered voters to qualify.

He said that a "reaction is indispensable" in order to have a "balanced power" in the assembly. Unlike Macron, however, they all came from long- established parties.

Macron, who had never held elected office before becoming president, has run novices seeking to emulate his success in around 200 constituencies - part of his bid to inject new blood in French politics.

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