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What next for Macron as he glides into place?

LanguedocLiving, Jun 18

President Emmanuel Macron won a large majority in the lower house of parliament Sunday, freeing his hand to implement far-reaching reforms.

At the time of writing, a projection from France 2 television showed an alliance led by Macron’s centrist La République En Marche (LRM) party winning 355 seats out of 577 in the National Assembly, well over the threshold for an absolute majority.

However, the victory was marred by a record-high abstention rate of around 56 percent.

An alliance led by the conservative Les Républicains party emerged as the biggest opposition group, with 125 seats. The Socialist Party was predicted to win 34 seats — versus more than 300 during the previous legislature. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party was on course to win eight seats, short of its aim of taking at least 15. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) movement, together with the communist party, won some 30 seats.

Marine Le Pen, 48, has finally won a seat in parliament for the first time, representing Henin-Beaumont, a depressed former mining town in the north. But two of her top aides, including her deputy leader, were eliminated.

So, Macron’s lesson in how to gain power is now over. The next story on how to run the country begins.

Source BBC, Politico

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