French parliamentary election 2017: Polls open

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:03 GMT, Jun 11, 2017 |

French voters headed to the polls on Sunday (June 11) for the first of two rounds of a parliamentary election expected to give new President Emmanuel Macron a solid majority that should allow him to carry out far-reaching reforms.

Just a month after the 39-year old ex-banker defied the odds to be elected to the head of the euro zone’s second-largest economy, opinion polls forecast his one-year old party will top voting this Sunday and win most seats in the June 18 run-off.

They predict that Macron’s centrist Republic On the Move (LREM) party and its center-right Modem allies will get at least 30 percent of the votes on Sunday, with the conservative The Republicans and its allies at around 20 percent and the far-right National Front around 17 percent.

That outcome would transform into a landslide majority in the second round, opinion polls show.

Polling stations open at 0800 (0600 GMT) and close at 1800 (1600 GMT) in most cities and two hours later in Paris and other big cities. Results will then slowly start trickling in, alongside exit poll estimates of the results.