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Merkel congratulates Macron on 'great success' in parliamentary poll

media German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron meet at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany May 15, 2017. Guido Bergmann/Courtesy of Bundesregierung/Handout via Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for a "great success" in the first round of France's parliamentary elections, as projections showed his party and its allies set to win a sweeping majority in the National Assembly.

"Chancellor Merkel: My sincere congratulations to Emmanuel Macron for the great success of his party in the first round. A vote for reforms," tweeted her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Macron's centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party and its ally MoDem are forecast to win between 390 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly in the second round on 18 June after performing strongly in Sunday's first round.

The new French leader appears to have forged a strong working relationship with Merkel in his four weeks in power, despite disagreements over several issues including the euro.

Macron chose Berlin for his first trip abroad as president, holding talks with Merkel just days after taking office last month.

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