French President Macron's Ensemble alliance of centrist parties wins 25.75 percent of the popular vote on Sunday, according to official data.
Projections show President Macron and his allies, including the new party of his former prime minister Edouard Philippe, could fall short of a majority of 289 by as many as 40 seats.
Emmanuel Macron is hoping to become the first French leader since Jacques Chirac in 2002 to win a second term in the final round of the presidential election.
The first round of polls is projected to produce a run-off rematch between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen that could be far tighter than their duel five years ago.
Marine Le Pen, running in her third presidential race, has consistently placed second behind French President Emmanuel Macron in opinion polls.
Polling agencies estimate that France’s traditional conservative party dominated the first round of regional elections while Marine Le Pen’s far-right party performed less well than expected.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen posted graphic images on Twitter of crimes committed by Daesh in late 2015 after a prominent television interviewer compared her party to the terror group.
Open letter by retired generals warned country is headed for "civil war" unless President Macron cracks down on "Islamism and the suburban hordes", a missive supported by the far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Many young French women and men support far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. They think she can change the country.
The two Frenchmen found with weapons and propaganda material have been arrested for planning an "imminent and violent attack" before the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday, interior minister tells reporters.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to top first round and is ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Meanwhile, two Frenchmen were arrested in Marseilles for planning an attack before the election.
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