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French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot as he votes at a polling station in the second round parliamentary elections. It's a largely symbolic move required after legislative elections.

Sunday's polls were again marked by weak voter turnout.

Some of it was the lack of suspense.

But there's something else: French history, from Louis "L'etat c'est moi" XIV, through the Emperor Napoleon, right down through the Fifth Republic with its powerful Presidency, is the story of a country that likes a strong executive.

'After the reforms, which we expect Macron to implement, France could turn into the strongest of all major economies in Europe in the next decade, outclassing a Germany that is resting on its laurels and a United Kingdom that (through Brexit) is impairing its long-term growth prospects, ' said Holger Schmieding, chief economist at German bank Berenberg.

The 39-year-old Macron's fledgling REM won 308 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly just 14 months after it was formed. He refused to say whether ministers who have come under suspicion of corruption would keep their jobs.

Valls, a centrist member of the Socialist Party who a year ago in a speech called anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism and who in 2009 said he has an "eternal bond" with the Jewish people because of his marriage to a Jewish woman, narrowly beat the far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has been accused of espousing anti-Semitic rhetoric in speeches, in the Essone region in northern France. They started arriving Monday at the National Assembly to learn their way around before the first parliament session next week.

Macron's confident start at home, where he has concentrated on trying to restore the lost prestige of the president, and his bold action on the worldwide stage has inspired a raft of positive headlines.

The Republicans and allies are the main opposition group with 137 seats.

Some 113 candidates under the banner of The Republicans won their race while the outgoing governing Socialist Party won 29 seats, forcing its chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis to step down.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the movement's firebrand leader, won a seat in the southern city of Marseille on a pledge to lead resistance to Macron's radical labour market reforms.

'Being a member of parliament for Republic on the Move is a commitment to Emmanuel Macron's presidential programme.

Her National Front party is predicted to secure six seats.

"We're worth at least 80 (seats) in my opinion, given the energy we will use to promote our views", Le Pen told a news conference.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the government wants to reduce the number of lawmakers in the future and change the voting system to introduce a partial proportional representation.