France's Macron to reshuffle government after huge parliament win

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Given his pro-EU rhetoric, his success could translate into success for the rest of the European Union and perhaps more specifically the Eurozone.

Since Mr Macron's new party, Republic on the Move!, won an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly, government spokesman Christophe Castaner said on RTL radio the government reshuffle would be "technical and not far-reaching".

Philippot, seen by some within the party as exerting too much influence over Le Pen, failed to win his seat on Sunday and may now find his position imperilled.

Relations between Le Pen senior and his daughter have soured since she kicked him out of the party in 2015 for comments minimizing the holocaust, and their very public rows have in the past harmed the party's image.

Socialist leader Jean-Claude Cambadélis announced his retirement from the post, and urged the left "to change everything, its form and its substance, its ideas and its organisation". But he may be getting more than he bargained for with the entry into parliament of loud voices from the ultra-left and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, both promising to fight his plans to overhaul French labor laws, one of the touchiest subjects in France.

Turnout, though, was on course for a record low, a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of campaigning and voting - and also of disillusionment and anger with politics that could eventually complicate Macron's reform drive.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to quickly resign, a largely symbolic move required after a legislative election.

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Le Pen's victory in the northern former coalmining town of Henin-Beaumont was a rare bright spot for her nationalist and anti-EU party that was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Macron. French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French defense minister Sylvie Goulard and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, right, watch demonstration flights as part of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Mon. Macron also wants the government to further intervene in the agricultural sector and the housing market, intends to introduce a permanent state of emergency (effectively reducing civil rights) in France, and favors military interventionism in Syria with a United Nations mandate.

"Normally political parties allocate women seats that are nearly impossible to win, so they can say 'hey, we have as many female candidates as male, '" added Poirson, a parliamentary novice with masters degrees in political science from Harvard and the London School of Economics.

Trade unions have said Macron must listen to their demands and not use his majority to bulldoze policy reforms through, or else face unrest.

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche! "The left's defeat is unavoidable, the rout of the Socialist Party is irrevocable".

Melenchon won a seat in the southern city of Marseille on a pledge to lead resistance to Macron's radical labour market reforms.

REM and its centrist ally MoDem swept to a large majority with 351 seats.

Ferrand, under preliminary investigation over alleged favouritism towards his common-law wife in a lucrative property deal, agreed to step down as territorial cohesion minister, his entourage said.

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