Macron’s party now only has 288 MPs, one short of an absolute majority, and down from the 314 Macron had after he redrew the political landscape in 2017 [Ian Langsdon/Pool via Reuters]

Left-wing defectors from Emmanuel Macron’s governing party announced the creation of a new group in France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday, depriving the president of an outright majority.

Seven legislators are splintering from Macron’s La Republique En March (LREM) to join the new “Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity” group, which will count 17 parliamentarians in its ranks, in a move that raises pressure for more left-wing policies.

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That means Macron’s party now only has 288 members of parliament, one short of an absolute majority, and down from the 314 Macron had after he redrew the political landscape

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