Macron's New Party Marching Toward Centrist Takeover of French Parliament

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

The result supports predictions that Macron will secure a whopping majority in the second round, thereby paving the way for him to implement his pro-business agenda.

Having an absolute majority in the National Assembly, France's lower and more powerful house of parliament, will allow Macron to govern more at ease during his five-year term.

"For the past month, the president has shown confidence, willingness and daring in France and on the global stage", Philippe said, calling the result a vindication of Macron's "winning strategy".

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front fell flat with 13 percent of the vote.

France's Socialists who had ruled the country after 2012 have suffered a disastrous defeat, ending up fifth, with about 9% of the votes.

Paris, France- President Emmanuel Macron continued bulldozing France's political establishment as his upstart La République en Marche!

The 39-year-old Macron's march to the Elysee Palace has moved forward virtually unobstructed, after he came from behind the scenes to overtake the country's political scene in record time. ("Forward!") past year before he ran for the French Presidency.

Her defeat in May brought huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's Brexit vote and Donald Trump's election as USA president, and disappointment to the party faithful.

FN vice-president Florian Philippot admitted to "disappointment" and called on voters to "mobilise massively" for the June 18 second round.

Polling agencies also project a historically low turnout of around 50%, reflecting fatigue after a roller-coaster election season that brought Mr Macron to power last month.

The Senate, the upper house, will be elected by an electoral college September 24.

Initial results for the first round of France's parliamentary elections on Sunday pointed to a mammoth majority for President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party, The Local - France and AFP reported. The right-wing conservative party Le Republicains ("The Republicans") won about 21% of the votes.

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Le Pen, who had Europe on edge until she lost the May 7 presidential race, was trying to save herself and her party in the legislative contests.

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, head of the Socialist party that was in power until a month ago, acknowledged that the first round marked an "unprecedented" setback for the party, set to win a paltry 30-40 seats, and the broader left.

Benoit Hamon, the party's presidential candidate, was also knocked out of the running for his seat.

Saying "France is back", prime minister Edouard Philippe pledged to move ahead quickly with bold reforms to French worker protections and security policy.

Philippe said voters sent a "message without ambiguity" in the first round elections Sunday that they want a parliament with a "new face".

The second round of the vote is held next Sunday.

Friday's Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll showed that the alliance of Macron's La Republique En Marche party (LREM) and The Democratic Movement (MoDem) could get between 397 and 427 out of 577 parliamentary seats.

That's why we all still need to pay attention to France. "I think it's unsafe". Many of Le Pen's and Mélenchon's voters-both have heavily working-class and pink-collar constituencies-did not go to the polls, suggesting that many will not be represented in the National Assembly.

Still, Macron's party appears likely to triumph in the runoff, putting the French president in a strong position to enact his reforms, including a battle with French labor unions that overwhelmed his predecessor, François Hollande.

It is noted that French voters have traditionally rallied behind their new leader in the legislative elections that follow the presidential ballot.

He said the massive majority Macron is projected to win is "neither healthy nor desirable" and warned against "unanimity" in parliament.

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