France's Parliament Now Has More Women than Ever

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

"A year ago no one would have imagined such a political renewal".

"It is down to the President's desire to breathe new life into democracy and to the French people who wanted to give parliament a new face", he added.

The Coordination Council of Armenian Organization in France (CCAF) officially endorsed Macron on April 27, ahead of his run-off election against Marine Le Pen of the French National Front (FN) party.

Despite a record low voter turnout, French President Emmanuel Macron's party won an absolute majority of seats in parliament Sunday.

The 2017 parliamentary elections were the first in the history of the 5th Republic in which turnout was below 50 percent for both rounds, and in Sunday's second round only 43 percent of the population went to the booth; as France24 points out 'this means the 42 percent of votes won by LREM candidates account for less than 20 percent of registered voters'.

Projections indicate the 39-year-old's centrist movement will win as many as 425 seats out of the 577 up for grabs in the national assembly.

The National Front party she leads won eight seats in total.

"The rout of the Socialist Party is undeniable", said PS leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost his seat in the first round and resigned his position on Sunday night.

Under a government reshuffle to be conducted this week after Macron's party won a majority in parliament at the weekend, Ferrand is to step down as minister for territorial planning.

Macron appointed members of several parties among his ministers after he was elected president in May.

"Emmanuel Macron's triumph is unquestionable".

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Castaner said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his government would resign later in the day and a new cabinet formed in the coming days.

The gap between French and German bond yields - an important gauge of risk appetite - had widened sharply heading into that vote but has since tightened.

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It is humiliating the Socialist and conservative parties that alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May.

TRT World speaks to Alexandre Kouchner, a political commentator, about the election results.

Macron's mandate will count for nought if he can't bring the unions onside when he moves on pension reforms.

But the scale of his victory gives Macron, a pro-European Union centrist, a solid platform to carry out his campaign promises to revive the euro zone's second biggest economy. "Long live the Republic, long live France!".

The new assembly is set to be transformed with younger, more ethnically diverse legislators and more than 200 women - far more than in the outgoing parliament.

There will be a record 224 women in the new intake of lawmakers, smashing the former high mark of 155 elected in 2012.

It is also entirely unexpected: Macron was unknown three years ago and initially given little chance of emerging as president, but he and his 15-month-old Republic on the Move (REM) party have tapped into widespread desire for change.

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