Final results from the first round of the French parliamentary elections indicate President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party will capture an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly. "His one-year-old movement is ready to flood the parliament with conquering neophytes".
"France is back", Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared triumphantly, calling the result a vote for the president's "confidence, will and daring".
Others, however, have argued that a parliamentary majority would hand Mr Macron and his party too much power.
The Republicans said the significantly low turnout rate of 49 percent shows the deep divisions in French society and the Socialist Party warned voters not to give the LREM an absolute majority as it would result in a National Assembly with no democratic debate.
The conservative The Republicans party and its allies trail with about 20 percent, ahead of the far-right National Front on about 17 percent.
Le Pen won 10.7 million votes as she lost to Emmanuel Macron last month, but her party's first-round result on Sunday saw it falling way short of its aim of getting a stronger voice in parliament.
A second and final round of France's parliament election is scheduled for June 18.
The Socialists, previously France's ruling party, and their allies won just 9.5 per cent. Projections showed them losing up to 200 seats.
After five years of Socialist Party rule, in which former president Francois Hollande failed to meet his objectives of reducing unemployment and giving a boost to the flagging economy, the French were depressed and downbeat.
French polling agencies are projecting that President Emmanuel Macron's new centrist party crushed traditional rivals in the first round of parliamentary elections likely to drastically reshape French politics.
Former prime minister Alain Juppe of the rightwing Republicans said the mass stayaway by voters was a sign of "deep malaise" in the electorate and that a clean sweep by Macron would be bad for democracy.
"It's the continuation of the real disaster that the presidential election was. we need to rebuild everything", he told BFMTV. The party got just over 13 percent of the vote.
Few MPs were elected outright on Sunday. They also blamed the long election cycle, with party primaries that started previous year before the two rounds of presidential and then legislative voting, for turning voters off.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated the French President on Monday. Macron is visiting Berlin only a day after being sworn in as president in Paris.
Macron's party contested 526 constituencies out of a possible 577.
They include Marie Sara, a retired bullfighter, who went through to a runoff against FN stalwart Gilbert Collard in southern France, and star mathematician Cedric Villani.
Macron also wants to reinvigorate cooperation among the 27 members of the European Union in the wake of Britain's Brexit vote, notably by joint military spending and a shared budget for the countries that use the euro.
If no candidate manages to achieve that target, then all candidates who won at least 12.5% of registered voters go to the second round, where the victor will advance to Parliament.
Mr. Fillon denies the charges.