President Macron’s party wins majority in French parliament - Official results

President Macron’s party wins majority in French parliament - Official resultsMacron’s “neither right nor left” political movement, La République en Marche, and its smaller centrist ally Democratic Movement, according to exit polls, will take around 361 seats in the 577-seat national assembly.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The clear majority will hand the new president a relatively free rein to implement his plans to change French labor law, and overhaul unemployment benefits and pensions.

But the results were tempered by a record low turnout of around 43%.

The far-right Front National's leader, Marine Le Pen, had won a seat in the northern, former coal-mining heartlands around Hénin-Beaumont in the Pas-de-Calais. She will sit in parliament for the first time after four attempts in the past to win a seat. Le Pen said: “The abstention rate considerably weakens the legitimacy of the new parliament … Even if Macron has won a strong majority, he should know that his ideas are in a minority in this country.”

Around half of the candidates for Macron’s new centrist party are virtual unknowns drawn from diverse fields of academia, business or local activism. They include a mathematician, a former bullfighter, and anti-corruption magistrates. The number of women in parliament is expected to rise sharply.
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