Macron’s Party Wins Clear Parliamentary Majority

Macron’s Party Wins Clear Parliamentary Majority

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority.

Initial results from France’s parliamentary elections early on Monday have revealed that President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche! (LREM) political movement and its allies have won an overwhelming majority.

Based on 97 percent of votes counted, figures published by the Interior Ministry early Monday showed Macron’s LREM and its ally, the centrist MoDem party, will return around 343 lawmakers to the National Assembly’s 577-seat chamber — far more than the 289 needed for an absolute majority.

This victory for the LREM — a movement launched by Macron less than a year ago, and fielding a team of political novices — is being viewed as a slap for mainstream French parties.

The center-right Les Republicains and their allies have trailed behind, with around 119 seats.

France’s Socialist Party and its allies won just 33 seats, a dramatic collapse from its previous haul of 277 seats. Jean-Luc Melenchon’s far-left La France insoumise (Unbowed France) party and its Communist supporters will hold around 27 seats.

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