Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 19, 2017

However, Florian Philippot, the party's vice-president and Le Pen's right hand man, who has been at odds with some in the party line over its European strategy, failed to win the seat he was fighting for.

"A clear majority has voted for us", REM spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told TF1, adding: "It will be a majority with an opposition and that's good news".

Macron handily beat Le Pen in France's May 7 presidential election. The Front National, though recently so close to the country's highest office, held 10%, still defeating the socialists ambysmal 6%.

The party of Melenchon, a candidate in a Marseille district facing off a Macron candidate, was also hit hard by the low turnout rate. At 5 p.m. local time, it was 35.33 percent compared with 46.42 percent in 2012 and 49.58 percent in 2007, according to the Interior Ministry in a post on Twitter.

The party had enough seats to "defend its convictions", said the party's leader for the elections, Francois Baroin, calling on Macron to heed the record-low turnout, which he said sent "a message".

His year-old party then filled the political space created by the disarray within the Socialist Party and The Republicans, with Sunday night capping a sequence of events that a year ago looked improbable.

Mr Cambadelis said the party would have to rebuild itself from the top down - he was knocked out of the running for parliament in last week's first round of voting. Four seats were won outright in last Sunday's first round.

Curious crowds gathered in the northern seaside town of Le Touquet where Macron cast a ballot Sunday morning in the second round of elections for the 577-seat National Assembly.

The voting system punishes parties outside the mainstream, or with no mainstream allies, like Le Pen's National Front. Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.

The center-right Republicans Party is expected to form the second biggest faction in the lower house.

With its allies from MoDem centrist party, it is represented by 360 lawmakers, sparing the need to rely on other movements to pass legislation on labour codes, cut public expenditure by billions of euros, raise taxes on consumption and wealthy pensioners and invest more in training and innovative sectors.

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