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France Votes ‘Onward!'; Macron’s Party To Run Parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron greets his supporters after he voted at the city hall in the second round of the parliamentary elections in Le Touquet, France on June 18, 2017. Given his pro-EU rhetoric, his success could translate into success for the rest of the European Union and perhaps more specifically the Eurozone.Macron’s year-old République en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and their allies won 351 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, final results showed after the second round of an election which has eliminated many high-profile figures.The majority was smaller than expected after the first round on 11 June, with a high abstention rate of 57 per cent. First-round projection had indicated LREM would win more than 400 seats, but the result still leaves little in the way of Macron’s efforts to change the structure of French employment. “The collapse of the Socialist Party is beyond doubt”, said Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, who resigned as party leader and did not even make it into the run-off vote.National Front leader Le Pen celebrated that her party was expected to place up to eight lawmakers in the lower chamber, compared to two lawmakers in the outgoing Assembly, though she acknowledged that it was not enough to form a block in Parliament. Nearly all the ministers under former President Francois Hollande were punished at the polls, with voters electing to toss the party’s political elite out of parliament.Less than half the 47.5 million-strong electorate turned out to vote last Sunday, a record low that especially punished the once-feared far-right National Front party of Marine Le Pen, runner-up to Mr Macron for the presidency. It is also interesting to note that female representation in the new parliament will go up to 40% from just a quarter previously.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told the Daily Telegraph: “Through this vote, the vast majority of French have chosen hope over anger, confidence over turning in on themselves”. Turnout was around 43 percent, a record low.Many victorious parliament members have not held office before.He says the party will have to rebuild from the top down, suggesting what he terms “the left” needs to change radically if it still wants to be a strong force in French politics.Le Pen, 48, who lost her presidential bid to centrist Emmanuel Macron, triumphed in her northern fiefdom of Henin-Beaumont, a depressed former mining town, the town’s FN mayor Steeve Briois said.A decisive victory for Macron reinforces the pro-European agendas as he was the most pro-European candidate in this year’s election.Jean-Luc Melenchon, the movement’s firebrand leader, won a seat in the southern city of Marseille on a pledge to lead resistance to Macron’s radical labour market reforms.