Paris, June 19: French President Emmanuel Macron's party La Republique en Marche which did not even exist a year ago has won a clear parliamentary majority. Notably, Macron's party La Republique en Marche gained 43% won more than 301 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.
The party La Republique en Marche has formed just over a year ago, and half of its candidates have little or no political experience. The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012. However, the conservative Republicans and their allies got a major setback in this election as it could form a large opposition block, with 125-131 seats but this figure is down from 200 seats in the last parliament.
Importantly, the second round of the parliamentary election was marked by weak voter turnout, estimated to be a record low of about 42%. But the result has swept aside all of the mainstream parties and gives the 39-year-old president a strong mandate in parliament to pursue his pro-EU, business-friendly reform plans. The result has swept aside all of the mainstream parties and gives the 39-year-old president a strong mandate in parliament to pursue his pro-EU, business-friendly reform plans.
La Republique en Marche spokesperson, Benjamin Griveaux praised French voters for delivering “a clear majority and an opposition, both of which are very good news.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a centre-right politician who joined Macron's movement, added that "through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger". In fact, as dismal turnout figures show, most registered voters have chosen neither.
The Socialists, who were in power for the past five years, alongside their partners, looked set to get only 41-49 seats, their lowest tally ever in parliamentary elections. Socialist leader Jean-Claude Cambadelis announced his retirement from post, and urged the left "to change everything, its form and its substance, its ideas and its organisation".
On the other side, FN leader Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front which is a far-right political party in France 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.