President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority of 361 seats in France's parliamentary election on Sunday, with 319 for his own party, la Republique en Marche, and 42 for ally, MoDem. The Republicans came next with 126 and the Front National gained 8 seats. Macron's En Marche has thus secured a strong mandate to push through his pro-business reforms, although various other politicians have vowed to fight him every step of the way, including the Far Left's Melanchon.
French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche party celebrated a strong election result, after his party won a majority of 261 together with partner party Mouvement Democrate, in the second round of voting in the parliamentary election. LREM swept aside mainstream parties and can now push through Macron's pro-business reforms.
==CATHERINE BARBAROUX Interim President, LREM PARTY==
A majority of men and women who are there to work, who are not posturing, our members of parliament, thanks to their diverse experience, will vote for laws to unblock our economy's obstacles, free up energies, create new solidarity and protect the French people, all French people, and especially the most vulnerable.
The French Far Right National Front party won eight seats, and Marine Le Pen herself was re-elected with her party pleased at the victory, better than they had expected after the first round. However, there was an abstention rate of 56.6 percent, meaning a record low turnout of only 42 percent. The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had words for those who abstained or just couldn't be bothered.
==EDOUARD PHILIPPE French Prime Minister==
Finally, I would like to speak to those, too many of them, who did not wish to make their voice heard over these two rounds. Abstention is never good news for democracy. It has many causes and everyone will have to analyse them. The government regards it as a serious obligation to succeed.
Both the Far Right, in the person of Le Pen, and the leader of the Far Left, Melanchon, who was re-elected, pointed to the low turnout as a sign of disillusion and said that it weakened the legitimacy of the new national assembly. Macron may still have to tread carefully with reforms in a country with strong trade unions and a history of street protests that have forced past governments to dilute new legislation.
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