> The political party of France's new president, Emanuel Macron, didn't even exist a little over a year ago. But now it's set to redraw the political map in upcoming parliamentary elections. Bastions of French politics crumbling and loyalties shifting as polls suggest his centrist republic On The Move Party looks set to win a comfortable majority in the votes on Sunday and June 18th.
Potentially a critical victory for his efforts to push the reforms he campaigned on. One survey predicts the party will win about 345 seats in parliament out of 577. Their closest competitor, the conservative Republicans thought to secure less than half of that, and the Socialist Party of Macron's immediate predecessor, Francois Hollande, no more than a dismal 35 seats.
But none of this is set in stone. Voter turnout is expected to be low, and corruption allegations against one of Macron's ministers could still throw up surprise results. And if they win, there's still the question of how to keep this party united. Some of his candidates have no political experience and include rebels from the Socialist and Republican Parties.
It could be a tough fight to keep them together.