Macron se­cures a strong ma­jor­ity

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Canada/world -

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 577seat 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, which dom­i­nated the out­go­ing Assem­bly but was flat­tened by the un­pop­u­lar­ity of for­mer Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­land.

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.

Con­fu­sion also played a role, ac­cord­ing to Fred­eric Dabi, of the IFOP polling firm. Macron’s party, which didn’t ex­ist 14 months ago and of­fered novice can­di­dates from civil­ian life, has drawn from left and right to fill its ranks, ef­fec­tively blur­ring the tra­di­tional left-right po­lit­i­cal di­vide

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