Left-leaning French parliamentary faction makes first public appearance | AFP

Left-leaning lawmakers, who have defected to rob President Emmanuel Macron’s party of its outright majority in France’s National Assembly, make their first appearance as “Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity” (EDS). Seventeen members of Macron’s La Republique En Marche (LREM) party formed the new group to pursue greener policies, “modernise” the political system, and reduce social inequalities. IMAGES

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Macron party candidate Buzyn votes in Paris local elections | AFP

Agnes Buzyn, a mayoral candidate for Paris in Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party, votes in a polling station in the 5th district of the French capital. She was slightly delayed because the former Health Minister realised upon her arrival that she had forgotten her identity card. IMAGES

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French press review after European election drama

French press review on Monday after a night of European election drama: Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement national (RN) came out on top in France, 0.9% ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party, while Yannick Jadot’s environmentalists took a surprising third place. IMAGES

Celebrations at LREM HQ as Macron looks set to win huge majority

Cheers erupt at la République en Marche HQ as the preliminary results for France’s parliamentary election are announced, showing Macron to have won a huge majority. French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party and its allies are on track to win 355-425 seats in the 577-strong national assembly. IMAGES of celebrations as results are announced