Macron se­cures strong ma­jor­ity

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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

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