Polls: Macron's brand new party to secure majority in France

Cesar Mills
June 19, 2017

French voters have given President Emmanuel Macron's party a solid victory in the parliamentary election.

The polls, by Kantar-Sofres and Ipsos/Sopra Steria, projected the main opposition force would be conservative party The Republicans and its allies with between 125 and 133 seats.

Moreover, the scale of LREM's win means Macron will enjoy an absolute majority even without the support of alliance partner Francois Bayrou and Modem, lending him a freer hand for reforms and room for a government reshuffle should he chose.

France's Republican party is in second place, while the Nationalist Front is in third place. Ms Le Pen was easily defeated by Mr Macron in the May 7 presidential vote.

According to preliminary data cited by BFMTV, the National Front may count on from four to six seats in the National Assembly, which is not enough to form a faction as it requires at least 15 seats. "Emmanuel Macron's triumph is uncontestable, the defeat of the left is unavoidable, and the defeat of the Socialist party is irrevocable." said the party's leader, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who has now resigned.

Macron's party, which didn't exist 14 months ago and offered novice candidates from civilian life for many seats, drew from both the left and right to fill its ranks, effectively blurring the country's traditional political divide.

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The Interior Ministry said the midday participating figures in Sunday's nationwide voting compare to 21.4 percent at midday during the second round of the last parliamentary elections in 2012.

Voters showed little enthusiasm for the election in what could be a record low turnout.

The party of Melenchon, a candidate in a Marseille district facing off a Macron candidate, was also hit hard by the low turnout rate. This was a lower turnout than the first round of voting on June 11, in which 48.7 percent of the electorate came out to vote.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre.

With its allies from MoDem centrist party, it is represented by 360 lawmakers, sparing the need to rely on other movements to pass legislation on labour codes, cut public expenditure by billions of euros, raise taxes on consumption and wealthy pensioners and invest more in training and innovative sectors.

The person with the most votes Sunday earns a seat in the National Assembly.

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