12 June, 2017
Le Pen won 10.7 million votes as she lost to Emmanuel Macron last month, but her party's first-round result on Sunday saw it falling way short of its aim of getting a stronger voice in parliament.
With 94 percent of votes counted, the Interior Ministry said Macron's Republic on the Move! party won 28 percent of votes.
Sunday's projections pointed to another torrid night for the two main traditional parties, which have suffered high-profile defections to Macron's government, as well as the far-right National Front.
According to a survey, Macron's La Republique en Marche and its MoDem ally is set to win around 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.
Melenchon says that the fact that about 50 percent of voters didn't go to the polls means "there is no majority in this country" to support French President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda, which he says includes "destructive labor rules" and would reduce freedoms.
Pollsters projected her party, which is still reeling from her disappointing showing in the presidential run-off vote against Macron, will next week win just a small handful of seats - perhaps as few as one.
The first secretary of the Socialist party, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, said the record low participation is a sign of "huge democratic fatigue".
The FN's deputy leader Florian Philippot admitted to "disappointment" and called on voters to "mobilize massively" for the second round.
"France is back", Edouard Philippe, the prime minister for Macron, said late Sunday. The lower bound of the projections shows a still-enormous majority, with 415 seats, ensuring a strong hand for the new President.
She also slammed the electoral system as unfavorable to smaller parties like hers.
Responding to the criticism, a senior party official of Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) party said there would be no riding roughshod over alternative views.
French president's new centrist party is expected to take an overwhelming majority in parliament after the first found of elections held on Sunday.
Macron's party has largely avoided controversy but one of his ministers who is running for re-election in Brittany, Richard Ferrand, is being probed over a property deal involving his girlfriend.
The centre-right Republicans had 21.5 per cent, while the far-right National Front (FN) had 13.2 per cent, followed by the far-left France Unbowed on just over 11 per cent.
Polling agencies project that Macron's party will win a large majority in the second round June 18.
The newly elected French leader's gamble that voters wanted to throw out old faces and try something new is paying off in full - first by giving him the presidency and, on Sunday, the crucial first step toward securing the legislative power to deliver on his pledge of far-reaching change.
Elsewhere, German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who, like Macron, has a pro-EU stance - congratulated him on the "great success" of his party.
Macron wants a powerful mandate to push through plans to reduce worker protections to boost hiring, boost security and clean up corruption in politics.
The low turnout rate in the first round of France's parliamentary election suggests a sharp drop-off in interest among voters after the May election of President Emmanuel Macron. That compared to 48 percent at the same time in the first round five years ago and 49 percent in 2002.
La France Insoumise (LFI) Leader Jean-Luc Melenchon (C) gestures as he addresses media representatives in Marseille on June 11, 2017, after polls closed for the first round of the French legislative elections.