Ministers fall as Macron loses absolute majority in French parliament

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Eight weeks after his re-election as French president, Emmanuel Macron has lost the parliamentary majority he needed to push through promised tax cuts and pension reforms. Several ministers lost their seats. The left-wing coalition led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon will form the main opposition bloc in the National Assembly, followed by Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally – the surprise winner of the night. Our blog followed the developments in real time.

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