Wednesday 26 July 2017

Major victory forecast for Emmanuel Macron's party in French parliament vote

French President Emmanuel Macron meets voters after casting his own ballot in parliamentary elections
French President Emmanuel Macron meets voters after casting his own ballot in parliamentary elections

Elaine Ganley

Partial official results from France's second-round parliamentary elections show President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party with a clear lead over the country's traditional right-wing and leftist parties.

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

The ministry said the far-right National Front was in third place with nearly 10% followed by the Socialists with 6.2%.

Pollsters project that Mr Macron's party and its allies won a clear majority in the National Assembly, the powerful lower house.

Marine Le Pen. Photo: REUTERS
Marine Le Pen. Photo: REUTERS

Many candidates in his party joined only after Mr Macron won the presidency in May.

Later, France's conservative leader declared his party the main opposition.

Republicans leader Francois Baroin wished President Macron "good luck" because he said he wants France to succeed.

He said politicians 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.

Jean-Luc Melenchon Photo: REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool
Jean-Luc Melenchon Photo: REUTERS/Martin Bureau/Pool

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