French Parliamentary Election

Added On June 19, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron, who became France's youngest ever president,has now had a second election triumph.

His Republic on the Move party won a huge majority in the National Assembly in parliamentary elections held on Sunday.

After the votes were in, Macro's LREM party and allies MoDem centrist party, won more over 300 seats.

That's well over the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority.
On the right, the conservatives won 133 seats, making it the biggest opposition party, but not enough to pose a real threat to Macron's governance.  

Marine Le Pen, National Front leader, won her first seat, marking her first entry into the National Assembly after winning in the Pas-de-Calais constituency.

This latest election result cleared the way for France's new President to control the country's policies over his five-year term.

The LREM party is only one year old. Three quarters of lawmakers are political novices, meaning the election results may mean new changes in parliament.

But low turnout could dampen Macron's triumph and limit his authority to implement new policies.

Opinion polls showed abstention would be over 50 percent on Sunday's runoff, a sign that Macron's position at the Elysee Palace won't be so easy.