Par­lia­men­tary sweep for Macron ex­pected

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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

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