France's Macron to reshuffle govt after huge parliament win
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 19:04
Some 33 seats remained to be assigned.
That success came at a heavy cost for the traditional parties of left and right.
The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012. All of this really sets the stage for a transformative Macron presidency.
Many of them are young and new to politics, although they are allied in parliament to another long-established centrist party, MoDem, or Democratic Movement.
Many former French political elites are now likely in search of a job. The National Front of far-right leader Marine Le Pen won nine seats, failing to capitalize on the votes its leader secured when running for president.
The party was founded in April past year, and now has one of the biggest majorities in recent French history - the kind Mrs May was unable to win in this month's general election.
French voters have cast their ballots to elect 577 lawmakers to the country's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with polling stations open from 8am to 6pm local time (from 7am to 5pm BST) across most of France - with several major cities's voting closing at 8 pm local time (7pm BST).
"Normally political parties allocate women seats that are nearly impossible to win, so they can say 'hey, we have as many female candidates as male, '" added Poirson, a parliamentary novice with masters degrees in political science from Harvard and the London School of Economics.
Macron immediately reappointed the rightwinger and asked him to unveil a new government lineup by 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Wednesday, sources in the president's office said.
"It is down to the President's desire to breathe new life into democracy and to the French people who wanted to give parliament a new face", he added.
But the results were tempered by a record low turnout of around 43%.
French President Emmanuel Macron's party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory.
The former ruling Socialists fell down to an all-time low of 29 seats, losing 287 seats. "The president of the Republic has all the powers", Jean-Christophe Cambadelis said late on Sunday after announcing he would step down as party chief.
"Tonight, the collapse of the Socialist Party is beyond doubt". It has also devastated Nicolas Sarkozy-led Les Républicains who, with their allies UDI and DVD, have 137 seats.
It wasn't all good news for Macron. Macron, a relative newcomer to French politics, ousted both the Socialists and far right to win the polls.
"We are the only force of resistance to the watering down of France, of its social model and its identity", Le Pen said, arguing that her National Front still had a role to play. Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon's party won 17 seats, over the minimum of 15 needed to form a group, a tool that provides extra funds and speaking time.
Newly elected radical left MP Francois Ruffin warned: "If it's a monolithic bloc which goes forward with its laws, cocksure and dominant, well, it will be outside the National Assembly that things will happen". And women will make up 38.8 per cent of the new parliament, compared with 25.8 per cent in the outgoing parliament a figure that placed France 63rd in the world for women in parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
This means the 42% of votes won by REM candidates account for less than 20% of registered voters.
France24 points out that the record level of abstention underscored the widespread election fatigue accumulated over more than 12 months of incessant campaigning, successive primaries, and a two-round presidential election.