Macron's party celebrates victory in French parliamentary elections

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

PARIS A third of the conservative The Republicans' party newly elected lawmakers are splitting away from their peers to create their own parliamentary group, one of the lawmakers said, in a further sign of the dynamiting of France's political landscape.

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis after announcing that he would step down as Socialist Party chief, remarked,"The collapse of the Socialist Party is beyond doubt".

Valls, a centrist member of the Socialist Party who a year ago in a speech called anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism and who in 2009 said he has an "eternal bond" with the Jewish people because of his marriage to a Jewish woman, narrowly beat the far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has been accused of espousing anti-Semitic rhetoric in speeches, in the Essone region in northern France.

The National Front of far-right leader Marine Le Pen won nine seats, failing to capitalize on the votes its leader secured when running for president.

The high abstention rate underlines that Macron will have to tread carefully with reforms in a country with muscular trade unions and a history of street protests that have forced many a past government to dilute new legislation.

National Front leader Le Pen celebrated that her party was expected to place up to eight lawmakers in the lower chamber, compared to two lawmakers in the outgoing Assembly, though she acknowledged that it was not enough to form a block in Parliament.

Poirson chose to become a candidate in January when Macron sent a video to LREM members urging more women to put themselves forward.

"The clear majority will hand the new President a relatively free rein to implement his plans to change French labour law, and overhaul unemployment benefits and pensions", The Guardian says.

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The party that Mr Macron, 39, founded 14 months ago has caused a political quake, despite its 350-seat tally being lower than the 470 predicted by some polls. He said that he believed Philippe would be reappointed as premier.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner told RTL radio the government reshuffle would be "technical and not far-reaching". REM by itself, with 308 seats, has well over the 289 needed for an absolute majority.

Macron sweeps to victory in the French election, 2017.

The new parliament, which holds its first session next week, will look very different: 75% of its MPs have not previously occupied a seat in the assembly, their average age has fallen seven years to 48, and a record number - 223, or 38.7% - are women.

As to contenders representing far-left "France Unbowed" party, 17 gained the legislative contest.

He said: "There is a strong majority, there's a will for things to change".

Reports by the Guardian indicate that Le Pen was criticized for failing to capitalize on the 10.6 Million votes she got in the Presidential elections.

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