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Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote

19 June 2017, 12:54 | Opal Carroll

Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote

Rout by Macron's party expected in French parliament vote

In a joint statement Friday in the Elysee courtyard, Macron said his meeting with Rutte helped define "common goals" of France and The Netherlands for the Brexit negotiations that will be led by the European Union executive body. He said lawmakers in his conservative party are going to have a strong enough bloc in the lower house of parliament to be able to voice their views.

With 57 percent of votes counted, the Interior Ministry said Sunday that Macron's Republic on the Move! party had won 41 percent of the vote, followed by the Republicans with 23 percent.

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Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen registered a massive victory in her northern bastion of Henin-Beaumont, defeating Mr Macron's candidate as she won her first French parliamentary seat.

The second round of France's parliamentary election has witnessed a record low turnout, with President Emmanuel Macron's party expected to win a big majority.

The result, if confirmed, redraws France's political landscape, humiliating the traditional Socialist and conservative parties that alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May blew apart the left-right divide.

The Republicans are set to form the biggest opposition group, with about 130 seats, while the Socialists could be reduced to fewer than 40 deputies, pollsters said. That was less than some had expected after its crushing victory in last week's first-round vote.

Macron wants to use his mandate to strip away some labor protections to encourage hiring and to toughen security.

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Voters showed little enthusiasm for the election in what could be a record low turnout.

The person with the most votes Sunday earns a seat in the National Assembly.

But turnout was estimated to be extremely low, at around 44 percent, giving his critics grounds to claim he has no groundswell of support.

France's youngest leader since Napoleon, Macron emerged from relative obscurity to score a thumping win in the presidential election in May.

Macron and his wife, Brigitte, voted separately in the northern seaside town of Touquet, where the couple has a home.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre. Jean-Luc Mélenchon's far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) movement, together with the communist party, won some 30 seats. Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Mr Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.

Two polls showed Macron's centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party and Modem ally winning between 355 and 360 seats in the 577-seat chamber.

The Republicans hung on to between 97 and 130 seats, down from over 200 in the last parliament, and remain the main opposition party.



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