French polls predict Macron’s party will secure large majority

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday reappointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend’s legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government, sources at Macron’s office said.Macron’s Republic on the Move party, which was only formed past year, was projected to win at least 355 of 577 seats in Parliament – a commanding majority.The 39-year-old Macron’s fledgling REM won 308 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly just 14 months after it was formed.He wants a leadership role in countering the kind of nationalism that far-right leader Le Pen represents, which spurred the Brexit vote and helped propel Donald Trump to the United States presidency.PARIS A third of the conservative The Republicans’ party newly elected lawmakers are splitting away from their peers to create their own parliamentary group, one of the lawmakers said, in a further sign of the dynamiting of France’s political landscape. When the new MPs take their seats for the first time in the National Assembly, three-quarters will be doing so as complete newcomers.In September, as McAuley detailed, “Macron is expected to move a major labor bill through Parliament that would, among other things, give companies the power to lengthen hours and adjust wages on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to having to observe uniform rules”.The high abstention rate underlines that Macron will have to tread carefully with reforms in a country with muscular trade unions and a history of street protests that have forced many a past government to dilute new legislation.Such a result would be far beyond the 289 seats required for an absolute majority, and it would amount to one of France’s biggest post-war majorities.Numerous people now set to enter office are political novices, drafted into Macron’s party due to their specific professional skills or technocratic training and expertise.The right-wing forces, including The Republicans and The Union of Democrats and Independents, received a total of 137 seats, losing nearly a half of their parliamentarians from the 2012-2017 parliament. The far-left France Insoumise (Unbowed France) took 17 seats in total, earning enough to form a parliamentary group.”Massive abstention considerably weakens the legitimacy of the new National Assembly and this five-year presidency starts with pretty bad foundations”, said National Front leader, Marine Le Pen.Macron’s detractors point to a record-low turnout of just under 44 percent in Sunday’s polling, saying he can not claim to enjoy a deep vein of support. The Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing Assembly, was the main loser in Sunday’s vote, winning only 30 seats.”We’re worth at least 80 (seats) in my opinion, given the energy we will use to promote our views”, Le Pen told a news conference.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the government wants to reduce the number of lawmakers in the future and change the voting system to introduce a partial proportional representation.