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Landslide majority in sight for Macron as France elects parliament

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 01:56

French voters cast their ballots in the second round of a parliamentary election on Sunday, expected to hand President Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority that should allow him to embark on deep social and economic reforms. Report by Pascale Davies.

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France casts its ballot once again. And in this vote, French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course to win one of the largest parliamentary majorities in the country's post-war history. In the second round of legislative elections, his party the republic on the move and its ally Modem is expected to take as many as 75-80 percent of seats. His centrist party is barely a year old - and his lawmakers are also new to the job. They include a former bull fighter, a Rwandan refugee and a mathematician. If polls prove true, a Macron parliamentary majority would allow him to easily pass the social and economic reforms he promised during his campaign days. But it would also send shock waves to traditional parties right and left who've dominated the Elysee palace for decades. The conservative The Republicans party is expected to be Macron's biggest opposition in parliament, but they're expected to take only around 90 of the 577 seats. Meanwhile, the socialist party, which ruled until last month, faces a crushing defeat, which sees them winning just over 20 seats. And there's even more trouble for the Nation Front, predicted to win just 1-6 seats. The runner up for the president's role Marine Le Pen is expected to keep her place in parliament. But voter turnout could reach a record low. Macron's rivals urging people not to become disillusioned with politics and stay at home. Warning power would be concentrated in the hands of one party and democratic debate would be stifled.

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Landslide majority in sight for Macron as France elects parliament

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 01:56