Emmanuel Macron's Allies Take France by a Landslide in Parliamentary Elections
The first round of voting in the French parliamentary election has concluded with recently-elected French President Emmanuel Macron claiming a decisive victory against the far-right nationalist party Front National.
With 94 percent of the votes already counted, Macron’s “En Marche!” movement seems to have won 28 percent of the votes, and is expected to receive around 33 percent of the total votes cast, according to exit polls.
Exit polls predict that Macron and his allies in the center should be receiving anywhere between 415 and 445 seats in the French parliament. Only 289 seats are required for the party to claim a majority.
This happens during a new historical low of voter turnout in France, as many on the far-left refuse to vote on principle. Macron’s opponents have voiced their concern that his victory shows the depth of France’s democratic deficit.
Amidst these cries of dissent, the new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared “France is back!” to signal the overwhelming victory of France’s new president Emmanuel Macron and his party.
Marine Le Pen’s far-right nationalist party has failed to take their anti-immigrant platform to fruition and will likely only receive a meager amount of seats.
Exit polls predict that the French right wing and conservative parties will only receive somewhere between 80 and 100 seats, pushing them off the stage of French politics for the present.
The Republicans failed miserably in the presidential race, with Francois Fillon failing to reach the second round of voting. Fillon’s bid for President failed because of widespread rumors that his campaign was riddled with corruption, charges that smothered his party’s ability to impact the election.
Despite these failures, Fillon appeared center stage again on Sunday, speaking out to his voters with the words: “Our country expects balanced powers, not concentrated in a single party.”
Despite the far-right Front National’s unexpected impact during the presidential elections, their attempt to maintain a presence in parliament flopped. Exit polls show the Front National gleaning a meager 13 percent, a significant drop from its 23 percent during the first rounds of its presidential bid.
Now, polls predict that the Front National might win as little as four or even one seat in the parliament, taking them significantly below the fifteen seat threshold required for forming a parliamentary group.
Things look much better for La France Insoumise, the progressive Leftist party run by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a major contender during the first round of voting. They can hope for anywhere between ten and twenty seats in parliament, possibly enough to form a parliamentary group.
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