Let’s zoom in on the numbers. The joint list of LREM / MODEM won a third of the votes on Sunday, but that only represented 15.4% of the electorate. When looking at all the inhabitants of the country, LREM does not even make up 11 percent
. However, because of the way that the French voting system is set up, it was enough to win three-quarters of the 577 seats. The result gets even worse if we take into consideration the number of votes cast. Macron’s candidates received 7,323,102 votes
, but in 2012 the PS, the freshly elected President Hollande’s party, won 10,347,043 votes. In June 2007, just weeks after Sarkozy’s election, his party, the UMP got 11,859,658 votes, resulting in 345 seats in the Lower House.