Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament polls

President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election on Sunday, pollsters' estimates showed, sweeping aside the mainstream parties and securing a powerful mandate to push through his pro-business reforms.

Macron's year-old Republic on the Move (REM) and their allies were set to win between 355 and 425 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, according to partial results after the second round of an election in which many high-profile figures were thrown out.

The right-wing Republicans and their allies emerged in the exit polls as the largest opposition party, with 125 seats.

Pollsters predict the party faces financial ruin with its strength in parliament falling from almost 300 seats to around 20 after their five years in power under president Francois Hollande.

The final results of the legislative elections will be confirmed after Sunday's second round of voting. The populist Le Pen, running for a parliamentary seat to represent her northern bastion around Henin-Beaumont, appears likely to win after scoring 46 percent of the vote in the first round.

The new assembly is due to be transformed with a new generation of lawmakers - younger, more female and more ethnically diverse - winning seats in the afterglow of Macron's success in presidential elections last month.

Rival parties have spent the last week trying to motivate their supporters, alerting them to the risks of a presidential supermajority, after an unprecedented 51.3 percent of registered voters didn't cast their ballots in the first round.

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Macron is hoping to carry out the far-reaching reforms he promised during his campaign but first he needs a majority in Parliament.

Many opposition leaders have stressed the danger of Macron facing little opposition or scrutiny from parliament under a constitution that confers huge powers on the president.

While some were skeptical of his youth and inexperience-not to mention his brief participation in the unpopular government of his predecessor, Francois Hollande-Macron's party, La Republique En Marche, is poised to become a dominant force in French politics.

However, the turnout was low, despite claims that President Macron had re-energised the voting public. Four seats were won outright in last Sunday's first round.

Macron cast his vote early in the morning in the seaside resort of Le Touquet before flying to a ceremony outside Paris to mark the anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's 1940 appeal for French resistance to Nazi Germany's occupation.

The right (LR / UDI / DVD) gets 128 seats, the left (PS / PRG / DVD) 50 seats, the far left (PCF / France rejected) 30 seats and the National Front 8 seats.

Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May 7 election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.

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