Macron's party leads in French parliamentary elections

Posted June 26, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after Sunday's first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray.

"We want to give Macron a big majority to govern", Parcel says. Interior Ministry data showed 40.75 per cent of registered voters had cast ballots by mid-afternoon, well below the 48.31 per cent at the same time in the 2012 election.

The vote comes just over a month after 39-year-old Macron became the youngest-ever president of France, beating far-right leader Marine Le Pen by 66 percent to 34 percent in a runoff vote.

The brand new party of brand new French President Emmanuel Macron is poised to sweep parliamentary elections after a first round of legislative voting yesterday.

Trailing behind, the conservative party The Republicans and their allies were forecast securing 20.9 percent support; the far-right National Front 13.1 percent; and the Socialist Party and a grouping of left-wing parties 9 percent.

That a fresh-faced outsider could win a presidential election without a party machine was surprising.

The party's chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis and its failed presidential candidate Benoit Hamon both crashed out of the running on Sunday.

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"It's the continuation of the real disaster that the presidential election was. we need to rebuild everything", he told BFMTV.

His Republic On the Move party (LRM) came first with 32 percent, ahead of the conservative Republicans (21%) and the radical left Unbowed France party (14%).

For the Socialists and their allies, the damage Sunday was even worse.

Few MPs are expected to be elected outright on Sunday.

If no candidate wins over 50 per cent in the first round, the two top-placed go into the second round - as well as any candidate who won the votes of over 12.5 per cent of the electorate.

"Chancellor Merkel: My honest congratulations to Emmanuel Macron for the great success of his party in the first round". "This record level of abstention... bears witness to the continuing fractures in French society..." Macron is visiting Berlin only a day after being sworn in as president in Paris.

If next Sunday's vote confirms the first round, Macron will have nearly no opposition in parliament, with the traditional main parties struggling to have their voices heard.

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Macron, who won the presidency on his platform of being a pro-European centrist, is hoping to carry out far-reaching reforms in order to overhaul the country's political system and economy.

Some of those delegates joined Macron's party; many were replaced by political amateurs.

Macron is also trying to usher in an era of cleaner politics.

The government needs a new Assembly in place to vote on the bills.

Others said they had not voted as they were exhausted out by the drawn-out electoral cycle, with party primaries that started previous year before the two rounds of presidential and then legislative contests. Fillon denies the charges.

Macron's rivals decried the dangers of having so much power in one party's hands.

Jean-Luc Melenchon's far-left party had 11 percent, while the Socialists of former President Francois Hollande tumbled to 7 percent. His camp is tipped to only take 10-23 seats. Many voters lost their interest in the democratic elections.

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