Large majority for Macron in French parliament

Sandy Mccarthy
June 20, 2017

The National Front won 8.75 percent of the votes nationwide, which is more than the Socialists and Melenchon's far-left party, yet it has fewer seats. But this can also be put down to the disillusionment with traditional parties, both on the right and left.

Macron's victory has been somewhat eclipsed by the record low turnout of under 43%. It rejects reforms to the labor market that are at the heart of Macron's plans to modernize France.

"For the first time under the Fifth Republic, the National Assembly will be deeply renewed - more diverse, younger", she said.

Macron's twin victories in last month's presidential election and in Sunday's parliamentary vote marks the routing of the old political class. In the first round, the party lost 7.6 million votes compared to the presidential run-off, and qualified for the second round in 122 constituencies.

In the space of fourteen months Macron has pulled off arguably the most extraordinary political result in modern times, becoming president at the age of 39 and winning a comprehensive parliamentary majority with a party composed of political novices.

Ferrand had been hit by question marks over a 2011 rental deal that the health insurance association he then headed struck with his partner, but another Macron ally denied that the predicted move was a punishment.

Patrick Devedjian, the 72-year old veteran member of the Republicans and the only ethnic Armenian in the outgoing Parliament, did not run for reelection.

The governing parties have a comfortable majority, with some 60 percent of the seats, meaning they will be able steam ahead with implementing Macron's agenda of reform.

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Castaner said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his government would resign later in the day and a new cabinet formed in the coming days. Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis announced his resignation, adding that "Macron's triumph is uncontestable", France24 reported. "Tonight, the collapse of the Socialist Party is beyond doubt".

Les Republicains and its allies are on track to secure around 125 seats, well down on the 200 it held in the previous parliament, but higher than earlier polls had suggested.

German chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron for his "clear majority" and said that she wanted to continue the "the good cooperation" with France "for Germany, for France and for Europe".

Le Pen was seen as a shoo-in for the Henin-Beaumont seat after scoring 46 per cent in the first round a week ago against 11 rivals, and she defeated a political novice from Macron's party, Anne Roquet.

"We're worth at least 80 (seats) in my opinion, given the energy we will use to promote our views", Le Pen told a news conference.

The firebrand and influential leader of new far-left party France Unbowed, Jean-Luc Melenchon, is also seeking a seat from the southern port of Marseille.

Despite a strong platform for Macron, a low voter turnout underlines that he may yet have to tread carefully with French reforms.

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