Macron’s party dominates French parliamentary vote

That’s far more than the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority to carry out his program. party could take 355 to 365 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the powerful lower house. Polling agency projections suggested that Macron’s Republic on the Move!

Across the border, German government officials appeared to be celebrating Macron’s victory. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, wrote Sunday on Twitter that “France now has a strong president with a strong majority in parliament.” Altmaier added: “Good for Europe and for Germany!”

(Christophe Archambault/Pool Photo via AP) French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands wit a pooling station official after casting his ballot in the second round of the French parliamentary elections, in Le Touquet, northern France, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The German Foreign Ministry quoted Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Twitter as saying that “the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe.”

Le Pen was handily defeated by Macron in the May 7 presidential vote. Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen registered a massive victory in her northern bastion of Henin-Beaumont, defeating Macron’s candidate as she won her first French parliamentary seat.
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She said her National Front party had won at least six seats — with not all votes counted — an increase from the two seats it held in the outgoing legislature. Le Pen said she would “fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government,” especially what she called Macron’s pro-European, pro-migrant policies.

The Socialists, who ruled the nation before Macron’s independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won 6% of the vote. With 82% of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Macron’s party had 42% of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22% and the far-right National Front captured 10%.

Macron’s party “vampirized” the left and right after his huge win in the presidential ballot, Dabi said on CNews TV.

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Macron’s party on course for majority in France

“Emmanuel Macron’s triumph is uncontestable, the defeat of the left is unavoidable, and the defeat of the Socialist party is irrevocable,” Cambadelis said.

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Philippe Sotto in Paris and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.

He said conservative lawmakers are going to have a strong bloc in the lower house to be able to voice their views. Republicans leader Francois Baroin declared his party the main opposition and wished Macron “good luck” because he said he wants France to succeed.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a centre-right politician who joined Macron’s movement, said “through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger.”
Melenchon, whose party was projected to win 25 to 30 seats, denounced Macron’s planned labour reforms that would make it easier to hire and fire French workers, calling them a “social coup d’etat” that he would fight. Ultra-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who Macron also defeated in the presidential vote, said he won in his Marseille district.

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However, some prickly opponents vowed to do their best to counter Macron’s plans.

After a crushing defeat, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis resigned Sunday from his post as head of the Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing assembly but was flattened by the unpopularity of former President Francois Hollande.
PARIS — French voters gave President Emmanuel Macron’s upstart party a solid victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election, handing the centrist a strong mandate to reshape French politics and overhaul the country’s restrictive labour laws.

Germany and France have the eurozone’s two biggest economies and are the traditional motor of European integration.

He said the Socialist party needs to change its ideas and its organization and that a “collective leadership” will replace him. With its allies, the Socialists could get fewer than 50 seats after this vote, projections showed.

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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. Confusion also played a role, according to Frederic Dabi of the IFOP polling firm.

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Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics. Voters overall showed little enthusiasm for the election, which could see record low turnout.