French President Emmanuel Macron’s party wins majority in parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche has won a clear parliamentary majority in the 2017 legislative elections, just weeks after his own presidential victory.

Macron’s year-old La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, LREM) and MoDem allies were set to win between 350 and 361 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, based on partial results after the second round of the legislative elections announced shortly. Before voting closed, pollsters had predicted LREM would win between 400 and 470 seats. The party was formed just over a year ago on 6 April 2016 and around half of its fielded candidates have little or no political experience.

Highlights-

1.The far-right National Front (FN) party won eight seats, but it had set its sights on 15.

2. FN leader Marine Le Pen, 48, has won a seat in parliament for the first time, representing Henin-Beaumont, a depressed former mining town in the north. But two of her top aides, including her deputy leader, were eliminated.

3. The defeat has led the Socialist party leader – Jean-Christophe Cambadelis- who lost in last week’s first-round vote, to announce his retirement from the post.

4. The La République en Marche along with MoDem has surpassed the required the 289-seat mark to control the National Assembly, delivering a huge blow to traditional parties on both the left and right.

5. The Socialist Party (PS), which was in power since the past 5 years along with their ally the Radical Party of the Left (PRG), are looking set to get only 41-49 seats, their lowest tally ever.

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