Parliamentary sweep for Macron expected
PARIS: French voters cast their ballots yesterday in the first round of a parliamentary election expected to give centrist President Emmanuel Macron the strong majority needed to carry out the far-reaching economic and social reforms he promises.
The vote to elect the lower house’s 577 members comes a month after Macron, 39, a former banker, defied the odds to win the presidency of the euro zone’s second-largest economy.
If, as polls project, Macron and his party, Republic On the Move (LREM), win a commanding majority in next week’s second round, it will be another blow for mainstream parties on the right and left that failed to get a candidate into the presidential run-off. Polls forecast LREM and its allies would win 30% of the votes.– Reuters