French President Macron wins parliamentary election

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Paris, June 19 (IANS) The Republic on the Move Party (LREM) led French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, won a large majority in the French Lower House of Parliament.

The second and final round of legislative competition cleared the way for France’s youngest top official to control the country’s political power over five-year term.

Based on partial vote count made by Kantar Sofres-onepoint pollster, the LREM alone won 315 seats, more than 289 seats needed for a majority in the 577-member National Assembly, Xinhua news agency reported.

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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On the right, the conservatives won 133 seats, making it the biggest opposition party. However, the Republicans would not pose any threat to Macron’s governance.

The far-right National Front (FN) improved its performance after snatching 6 seats compared to two currently, while the outgoing ruling the Socialist Party, lost its lead with only 32 seats.



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