Macron secures strong majority
French voters gave President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party a solid victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing the upstart centrist a strong mandate to overhaul the country’s labour laws, among the most sensitive issues for the French.
Polling agency projections suggested Macron’s Republic on the Move! Party could take 355 to 425 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the powerful lower house. That’s far more than the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority to carry out his program. The president “has all the power,” said Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who resigned from his post as head of the Socialist Party.
With its allies, the Socialists could get fewer than 50 seats, projections showed.
Voters showed little enthusiasm for the election in what could be a record low turnout. At the end of the afternoon, turnout stood at only 35 per cent — below last week’s record low.
Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May 7 election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.
French President Emmanuel Macron