The centrist former banker stormed the presidential election to become the nation’s youngest ever president, aged 39.
But while Emmanuel Macron comfortably defeated Front National’s Marine Le Pen with 66 per cent of the vote to her 33.9 per cent, he still faces a battle in parliament.
With with Mr Macron’s En Marche party only established a little more than a year ago and currently having no support in the legislative branch, Front National are eager to remain a thorn in the side of the newly elected president by sweeping the parliamentary election.
When is the French parliamentary election?
The French parliamentary elections, or legislative elections, are set to take place on June 11 and 18.
Like the President, the members of France’s national assembly must go through two rounds of voting unless they achieve an absolute majority in the first round.
There are 575 seats up for grabs for potential parliamentarians – known as députés – with the majority currently being controlled by Francios Hollande’s collapsing Socialist party.
Why is the French parliamentary election important?
While the UK votes for parties in individual constituencies who then promote the party leader to Prime Minister, the French system of voting for a president means an outsider can lead the nation but have no support in parliament.
In France, it is the prime minister who helps to lead the president’s government. He or she is normally chosen from the majority party as it only takes a vote from the assembly to force their resignation.
Emmanuel Macron, who established the progressive movement En Marche! in April 2016, currently has no members from his own party in parliament.
If he is unable to build a parliamentary majority, he will be forced to forge alliances with other parties to pass legislation through the assembly.
And with a record low turnout and a huge number of abstentions and spoiled ballots, his rise to the Presidency may not mean a surge of support in local elections.
Early polling by Opinionway claims Mr Macron could take as many as 286 seats in the election, but would still fall short of an absolute majority.
Who will win the Parliamentary election?
The Opinionway poll predicts En Marche! will come out on top, followed by the centre-right Republican party with between 200 and 210 seats.
But with neither expected to hold a majority, Mr Macron looks likely to preside over an unstable parliament which could be disrupted by parties looking to embarrass the new president, including Front National.
How many seats will Front National win?
The Front National aims to gain 40 MPs in the upcoming parliamentary elections following Ms Le Pen’s success in reaching the second round of the presidential race.
The estimate is low compared to Marine Le Pen’s share of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, where she came top in 216 of the nation’s 577 constituencies.
The party currently only has two MP’s – Ms Le Pen’s niece Marion and 69-year-old former lawyer Gilbert Collard.
But while Marine Le Pen only gained 34.5 per cent of the final vote, her success in the first round of the election has allowed Front National to identify pockets of resistance who may help to boost the party back onto the political frontline.
And Front National are keen to obstruct Emmanuel Macron and capitalise on a surge in support.
Following the presidential election, Marion Le Pen said: “The Front National’s fight must be aimed at ensuring Macron does not have his hands completely free to run the country.
“There needs to be as many as possible of us in the national assembly.”
Her aunt’s ultimately failed campaign has brought far-right politics in France to its most prominent position since the Second World War.
And Marine Le Pen’s engagement with traditionally left-wing policies of cutting the retirement age and strengthening workers rights has gained her approval with disenfranchised working class voters across the political spectrum.