French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament

  • French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament

French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament

The result would give Macron one of the largest parliamentary majorities since the end of the Second World War.

The centre-right Republicans received slightly less than 16 per cent of the vote, while the Socialists, which was previously the ruling party, took 7.4 per cent and are projected to lose as many as 230 seats.

"It is neither healthy nor desirable for a president who gathered only 24 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidentials and who was elected in the second round only by the rejection of the extreme right should benefit from a monopoly of national representation", said Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis as results flowed in.

Pollsters said well over 30 percent of those who voted had picked Macron's centrist party in the first round, a result which they said could deliver him as much as three quarters of lower house seats when the second round results come in next week.

He has pledged a programme of reform but relies on getting a working majority for his party, named En Marche!, just a year after it was formed.

French President Emmanuel Macron's up-and-coming party is poised to secure a huge majority in the country's parliamentary elections after a strong showing in the first round of voting Sunday, NBC News reported.

He has drawn candidates from a cross-section of society with a former bullfighter, a Nobel Prize victor and a an ex-fighter pilot all hoping to win a seat.

If no candidate manages to achieve that target, then all who won at least 12.5 per cent of registered voters go to the second round, where the victor will advance to Parliament.

"Despite the abstention, the message of the French has no ambiguity: For the third consecutive time, millions of you confirmed your attachment to the president of the republic's project to renew, unite and win back", said Philippe, whom Macron brought in from the mainstream, right-leaning Republican Party.

That outcome would give Mr Macron the ability to implement the economic and social reforms he promised during the presidential campaign, including relaxing labour laws, cutting corporation tax and investing billions of euros in job training and renewable energy.

Less than half of registered voters — 48.7 percent — cast ballots on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in its final count the morning after.

The Republicans are projected to have taken 20.9% of the vote, which is predicted to result in the party winning between 80-100 seats.

His party fielded newcomers in around 200 constituencies, some of whom felled long-sitting former ministers at the first round.

They include Marie Sara, a retired bullfighter, who is taking on FN stalwart Gilbert Collard in southern France and 33-year-old junior digital economy minister Mounir Mahjoubi who went up against PS boss Cambadelis in northeast Paris.

Runner-up in France's presidential election, Le Pen urged "patriotic" voters to turn out en masse in the second round June 18 and boost her party's small presence in the National Assembly. The National Front party can receive from five to 15 seats in the parliament.

French president Emmanuel Macron waves during an inauguration ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on May 14, 2017.

It is not the first time Macron has showed up May.