Macron holds a meetings with European leaders in Paris

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17 June, 2017

Observers stressed that Macron's success, and the low turnout rate of less than 50 percent last Sunday, show the disaffection of French voters from traditional politics.

Le Pen's defeat, as well as her poor performance in the presidential debate against Macron and an internal party controversy over whether to continue to defend a French exit from the euro, have demobilised FN voters during the legislative campaign.

The political wave in France towards politically transforming the nation took another turn for the better last Sunday when Emanuel Macron's party took the driving seat.

Half are women, many candidates are young, and they are often unknown to most of the voters in their districts. In doing so, Macron breaks with a tradition installed by previous French Presidents who used to dedicate the first trip in the southern Mediterranean to Algeria, the paper noted. She made a decision to get into politics under Macron's banner and was chosen among 19,000 people who applied to seek a legislative seat.

Sitting in the sun on the steps of her home, 72-year-old Amiens resident Francoise Granger said she is backing both Macron and Dumont.

"The low turnout is because we are in a political campaign since autumn 2016 and the people are tired".

"The main parties of government are going to suffer with these results", Flore Santisteban from the Cevipof political research institute at Sciences Po university in Paris predicted. The Times reported on 97 percent of 577 constituencies saying that La Republique would receive more than a quarter of the constituencies from the first round of voting.

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REM and its allies were tipped for 440-470 seats, the Republicans and its allies for 70-90 seats and the Socialists 20-30 seats - a loss for them of more than 200 after their five years in power under president Francois Hollande. Others parties will share the rest.

The achievement must seem still more spectacular as Macron's La République En Marche (Republic on the Move) ~ just one-year-old ~ has won 32.32 per cent of the votes in the first round, against 21.56 per cent secured by Les Républicains and the far-right Front National's 13.2 per cent.

France has witnessed a multiplicity of elections over the past 10 months, from the party primaries on the right and left, to the two-round presidential vote.

The large parliamentary majority that is expected for LREM should not be interpreted as a blank cheque for Macron, said Yves-Marie Cann of Elabe.

The most sensitive measure is a pro-free-market labor reform that would notably ease hiring and firing has already prompted criticism from unions. Macron, on the other hand, has a two-point agenda for Germany - one, the completion of the monetary union project which involves the setting up of a eurozone budget managed by a eurozone parliament; two, the reflation of German domestic economy to boost exports from other EU countries including France.

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, holds a tablet as he visits the Vivatech, a gadgets show in Paris, France, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron received a standing ovation while telling French start ups and digital professionals in Paris that he wanted the country to be one where digital start ups could innovate, describing France as a 'start up nation'.


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