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French President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party wins majority in parliament

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President Macrons LREM party has won a landslide victory in the French parliamentary election that saw much lower than expected voter turnout.

Macrons year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, LREM) and Modem allies were set to win between 350 and 361 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, based on partial results after the second round of the legislative elections announced shortly after midnight. Before voting closed, pollsters had predicted LREM would win between 400 and 470 seats.

Macrons success was marked by record low turnout of just under 44 percent.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Macrons party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22 percent and the far-right Front National 10 percent. The Socialists, who held the presidency before Macrons independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won six percent of the vote.

French President Emmanuel Macrons LREM party wins majority in parliament

French President Emmanuel Macrons LREM party has won a large majority in parliamentary elections which will enable it to push through reforms. But there was a record, low turnout.

Macrons year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, LREM) and Modem allies were set to win between 350 and 361 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, based on partial results after the second round of the legislative elections announced shortly after midnight. Before voting closed, pollsters had predicted LREM would win between 400 and 470 seats.

Macrons success was marked by record low turnout of just under 44 percent.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Macrons party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22 percent and the far-right Front National 10 percent. The Socialists, who held the presidency before Macrons independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won six percent of the vote.

Following the initial results, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the voters had given a clear majority to President Macron, and that his government was "humbled and determined" after securing a victory in the polls.

A diverse National Assembly

Philippe also said the diversity of new lawmakers was a good sign for France. "This majority will have a mission: to work for France," the PM said. "With their vote, the French have, by a wide majority, chosen hope over rage, optimism over pessimism, confidence over withdrawal."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first to congratulate Macron. She lauded him for winning a "clear parliamentary majority" in elections Sunday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Seibert added, in a tweet, that Merkel wished for "further good cooperation for Germany, France, Europe."

French President Emmanuel Macrons LREM party has won a large majority in parliamentary elections which will enable it to push through reforms. But there was a record, low turnout.


LREM acting president: The size of this majority provides France with an opportunity

Macrons year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, LREM) and Modem allies were set to win between 350 and 361 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, based on partial results after the second round of the legislative elections announced shortly after midnight. Before voting closed, pollsters had predicted LREM would win between 400 and 470 seats.

Macrons success was marked by record low turnout of just under 44 percent.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Macrons party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22 percent and the far-right Front National 10 percent. The Socialists, who held the presidency before Macrons independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won six percent of the vote.

Following the initial results, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the voters had given a clear majority to President Macron, and that his government was "humbled and determined" after securing a victory in the polls.

A diverse National Assembly


Philippe also said the diversity of new lawmakers was a good sign for France. "This majority will have a mission: to work for France," the PM said. "With their vote, the French have, by a wide majority, chosen hope over rage, optimism over pessimism, confidence over withdrawal."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first to congratulate Macron. She lauded him for winning a "clear parliamentary majority" in elections Sunday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Seibert added, in a tweet, that Merkel wished for "further good cooperation for Germany, France, Europe."

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was quoted on Twitter by his ministry as saying "the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe."

FN Le Pens first seat

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who lost to Macron in the presidential election, won a seat in parliament for the first time, her National Front party confirmed. She won her northern constituency of Henin-Beaumont with a large majority and said would "fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government."

Projections showed the conservative Republicans and their allies to be the largest opposition group with 97-133 seats while the Socialist Party and its partners will secure 29-49 seats.

Le Pens National Front may get four to eight seats but the party looked set to fall well short of its 15-seat target which would allow it to form a parliamentary group and benefit from privileges. "It is absolutely scandalous that a movement such as ours, which won ... 3 million votes in the first round of these legislative elections, cannot form a group in the National Assembly," Le Pen said.

Low turnout

During last Sundays first round of voting, LREM garnered 32.3 percent of the vote. In French elections, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff is held between the top two vote-getters.

The voter turnout on Sunday was lower than expected, with the final turnout estimated at between 42 and 43 percent. By midday Sunday, only 17.75 percent of voters had cast a ballot, down from the 21.41 percent recorded at the same time of day during the 2012 parliamentary run-off vote.

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