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France's Macron on course for historic landslide win

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 01:10

France takes to the polls on Sunday in the parlimentary election. Macron's the republic on the move party is set for a landslide vitory. Report by Alexandra Bourn.

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French President Emmanuel Macron's political party looks set to win a massive majority in the second round of parliamentary elections. The latest polls predicting the En Marche movement will win 80 per cent or more of the seats in the lower house on Sunday (June 18) -- a potential landslide victory for the centrist alliance. But Macron's opponents are warning that such a majority would undermine democracy and stifle debate. Polls expect Macron's party will secure up to 470 seats out of the 577 in the National Assembly. They also show voter turnout shrinking further-- less than half the voting population came out in the first round, and a new record low of 46 percent is expected on Sunday. 39-year-old Macron was elected last month. He's pledged to cut corporate taxes, launch labour reforms, limit regulation for small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship and start-ups. But there could be opposition on the streets in true French tradition for Macron and his policies. People are maybe not coming out to vote against him, but they aren't endorsing him either.

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France's Macron on course for historic landslide win

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 01:10