Macron to forge ahead with pro-EU reforms after French election victory
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 12:21
Earlier on Monday, the French Interior Ministry said that the FN got 8 seats in the country's parliament following Sunday's second round vote.
Turnout in the parliamentary elections were estimated to be extremely low, with a senior En Marche! official warning that high levels of abstention are bad news for democracy.
Many former French political elites are now likely in search of a job.
The party said its leader, Marine Le Pen, had won a seat in the northern, former coal-mining heartlands around Henin-Beaumont in the Pas-de-Calais.
"For the first time under the (postwar) Fifth Republic, the National Assembly will be deeply renewed - more diverse, younger", the party's acting president, Catherine Barbaroux, said.
A record number of women were elected to parliament - 223, or 38.65%, with the highest numbers among the centrists and hard-left.
Macron's confident start at home, where he has concentrated on trying to restore the lost prestige of the president, and his bold action on the worldwide stage has inspired a raft of positive headlines.
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Melenchon's hard-left France Unbowed won 17 seats.
The ministry said the far-right National Front was in third place with almost 10% followed by the Socialists with 6.2%.
The self-styled "constructive" group, made of about 40 lawmakers belonging to the moderate wing of The Republicans, is set to support centrist President Emmanuel Macron on a case-by-case basis, while others in the party staunchly oppose him. Sunday's vote was marked by the historically low turnout rate of 42 percent, which is below the expectations of the first round.
But Monday brought a stark reminder of the challenges Macron faces on the security front, when a vehicle - loaded with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, handguns and a gas canister - rammed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The Dow Jones industrial average added 24.38 points, or 0.1 percent, to a record high of 21,384.28.
With a strong working majority now confirmed in the National Assembly, Macron's chances of spearheading reform look better than those of past leaders.
But most parties still put up more men for election, despite France having a system in which a party's funding is restricted if women do not make up at least 49 percent of candidates.