Pres­i­dent Macron’s party dom­i­nates vote

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

PARIS (AP): PRES­I­DENT EM­MANUEL Macron’s party, in­clud­ing untested novices, will be sweep­ing into the lower house of the French par­lia­ment, hog­ging a clear ma­jor­ity of seats af­ter win­ning an over­whelm­ing vic­tory in Sun­day’s elec­tions and clinch­ing the young leader’s hold on power.

Macron ful­filled his wish to dis­rupt pol­i­tics as usual with new faces – in­clud­ing a farmer, a teacher and a math ge­nius – and a new ap­proach. But he may be get­ting more than he bar­gained for with the en­try into par­lia­ment of loud voices from the ul­tra-left and far-right Na­tional Front leader Marine Le Pen, both promis­ing to fight his plans to over­haul French la­bor laws, one of the touch­i­est sub­jects in France.

“Through their vote, a wide ma­jor­ity of the French have cho­sen hope over anger,” said Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe, re­it­er­at­ing his “to­tal” de­ter­mi­na­tion to work on ma­jor re­forms in the com­ing months.


A mi­nor reshuf­fle of the Cab­i­net, an oblig­a­tory move af­ter par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, is ex­pected this week, per­haps as soon as to­day.

The May 7 elec­tion of the 39year-old Macron, him­self untested, up­ended France’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape, a phe­nom­e­non that con­tin­ued with the par­lia­men­tary vic­tory of a party that didn’t ex­ist 14 months ago. With the June 27 start of the new ses­sion, the novices within the ranks of Macron’s Repub­lic on the Move! party will be learn­ing at high­speed. Half of the can­di­dates in the run­ning for his party were drawn from civil­ian life, and half were women.

Start­ing to­day, many will be tak­ing their first of­fi­cial steps in the cor­ri­dors of power, in­vited to pick up keys and the blue­white-red sashes warn by elected of­fi­cials, and learn their way around.


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