Macron's party secures majority in French parliament

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2017

The affair tainted the early weeks of Macron's presidency with a whiff of bigger scandals that hit some of his opponents during a bitter presidential campaign.

The result means Macron has a majority in the Parliament and will find it easier to push through a potentially controversial program that includes changes to French labor laws and reductions in public spending. In fact, if German Chancellor Angela Merkel is successful in securing another term later this year, she and Macron can partner to make Germany and France the load pillars of a new Europe.

"It is a strategic role", he told RTL Radio.

Emmanuel Macron won the race for the Elysee and has now been achieved a large majority in the National Assembly. "He judged that it was a good moment because I know the parliamentary procedure well". While the majority is smaller than the landslide many had predicted, the LREM's performance continues to show that the old system is being crowded out, with the mainstream Socialist Party on the left and the Republicans on the right suffering severe setbacks. After five years of Socialist Party rule, in which former President Francois Hollande failed to meet his objectives of reducing unemployment and giving a boost to the flagging economy, the French were depressed and downbeat.

"(Macron's) En Marche (party)... proactively made a decision to give winning seats to women", said 34-year-old Brune Poirson, who beat the far-right National Front to be elected in the Vaucluse district in southeastern France.

In the second round of the French presidential elections on May 7, 2017, Macron defeated far-right National Front's leader Marine Le Pen, by 66.1% to 33.9% of the votes. It's a largely symbolic move required after a legislative election.

The president of the extreme right party will be able to celebrate his victory in family, and even in couple, because his companion Louis Aliot will sit beside him in the National Assembly.

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The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012.

"The evidence suggests that having more women in parliament leads to more informed and more responsive decision-making".

The National Assembly says new lawmakers' average age is down from 55 in the previous term to 49 now.

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. Jean-Luc Melenchon's far-left La France insoumise (Unbowed France) party and its Communist supporters will hold around 27 seats.

"We will express this defence in our own way in the National Assembly".

The new body will be almost six years younger on average, have a record 224 women lawmakers, and will be strikingly more varied in background if politically less experienced.

The party was founded in April a year ago, and now has one of the biggest majorities in recent French history - the kind Mrs May was unable to win in this month's general election.

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