Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Macron's New Party of Centrist Outsiders Dominates French Parliamentary Elections

Macron's New Party of Centrist Outsiders Dominates French Parliamentary Elections

France voted a record number of women into parliament on Sunday, thanks largely to President Emmanuel Macron's decision to field a gender-balanced candidate list for his victorious Republic on the Move (LREM) party.

"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".

The conservative Republicans and its allies are set to form the largest opposition block with 97 to 133 seats.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, wrote Sunday on Twitter that "France now has a strong president with a strong majority in parliament".

Polls show Macron's En Marche party winning most of seats but turnout estimated to be just over 40 percent.

According to BBC, the far-right Front National won only eight seats, but it had projected on 15.The FN leader Marine Le Pen won a seat in the National Assembly, for the first time, after four unsuccessful attempts.

"The rout of the Socialist Party is undeniable", Socialist leader Cambadelis stated.

"The real victory wasn't last night, it will be in five years' time when we have really changed things", Castaner told RTL radio.

A decisive victory for Macron reinforces the pro-European agendas as he was the most pro-European candidate in this year's election.

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French defense minister Sylvie Goulard and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, right, watch demonstration flights as part of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017. "It's about loyalty", he said, adding that the previous Socialist government was dogged by dissenters pursuing personal goals.

Today the interim government of Edouard Philippe is expected to resign in a procedural move with the majority of ministers being reappointed later.

He says the party will have to rebuild from the top down, suggesting what he terms "the left" needs to change radically if it still wants to be a strong force in French politics.

The result, based on official figures and pollster projections, redraws France's political landscape, 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. "The president of the Republic has all the powers", he said.

But he will need to be mindful of the country's budget deficit, which the Bank of France forecasts will once again breach the European Union cap of 3 percent of national income this year. "Long live the Republic, long live France!"

LREM had the highest proportion of women elected, at 47 percent. The victorious newcomers started arriving Monday at the National Assembly to learn their way around before the first parliament session next week. 233 women, a representation of 38.65%, got elected.

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