Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote
Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote
As at 12.00 local time in voting at the parliamentary elections in France took part only of 17.75% of the voters
19 Giugno, 2017, 05:15
President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election on Sunday, pollster estimates showed, trouncing the mainstream parties for a strong mandate to push through his pro-business reforms.
A projection for France 2 television after the second round of the parliamentary election showed an alliance led by Macron's centrist La République En Marche (LRM) party winning 355 seats out of 577 in the National Assembly, well over the threshold for an absolute majority.
Candidates from the conservative party, The Republicans, are expected to form the largest opposition group, with 70-110 seats, according to pollsters, with other parties sharing the rest.
Less than half the 47.5 million-strong electorate turned out to vote last Sunday, a record low that especially punished the once-feared far-right National Front party of Marine Le Pen, runner-up to Macron for the presidency. The stinging reality of defeat pushed party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost in last week's first-round vote, to resign and blast the Macron system "with all the power".
Three hours before the polls close, the Interior Minister put the turnout rate at just over 35 percent, less than the 41 percent at the same hour in the first round of parliamentary voting a week ago. The Socialists, who ruled the nation before Macron's independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won six percent of the vote.
That would be even lower than the 48.7 percent seen in a June 11 first round of voting, while the turnout in the second round of 2012 elections was 55.4 percent.
REM won 32 percent of the votes cast in the first round, but this represented only about 15 percent of registered voters. His opponent, a former bullfighter representing Macron's party got a public boost this week from visiting Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
Ultra-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who Macron also defeated in the presidential vote, said he won in his Marseille district.
The National Front had two seats in the outgoing parliament and the only lawmaker seeking to renew his mandate, Gilbert Collard running in the southern Gard region, could lose. Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Mr Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.
That would allow Macron to move fast with promised legislation, notably on changing labor laws to make hiring and firing easier.
Macron repeated the tactic in his ministerial appointments, stealing leading moderates from both The Republicans and the Socialist party.
Le Pen's FN were only expected to win four to eight seats but she was elected an MP.
In a televised speech, LREM president Catherine Barbaroux said "the magnitude of this new majority is an opportunity for France ". The conservative Republicans and its allies are set to form the largest opposition block with 97 to 133 seats.
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