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Macron’s centrist party wins clear majority in French Parliament

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also welcomed the vote’s outcome, tweeting that it paved “the way for reforms in France+Europe”. The right (LR / UDI / DVD) gets 128 seats, the left (PS / PRG / DVD) 50 seats, the far left (PCF / France rejected) 30 seats and the National Front 8 seats.Macron repeated the tactic in his ministerial appointments, stealing leading moderates from both The Republicans and the Socialist party.En Marche won 319 of those seats while the Socialist party which had 284 seats previously, will with its allies maintain only 46 seats.Jean-Luc Melenchon, the firebrand leader of the movement, is running for election in the southern city of Marseille on a promise to lead resistance to Macron’s radical labour market reforms.France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, Macron emerged from relative obscurity to score a thumping win in the presidential election in May.The question now is whether he will keep taking their input on board, said Jean-Claude Mailly, head of France’s third biggest union, Force Ouvriere (FO).Le Pen said she won with about 58 percent of the vote Sunday in Henin-Beaumont in northern France.Le Pen said her party’s lawmakers will “fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government”. Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Mr Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.Les Republicains’ interim leader Francois Baroin said “the verdict of the ballots is clear” before wishing Macron success. He said lawmakers in his conservative party are going to have a strong enough bloc in the lower house of parliament to be able to voice their views. Ms Le Pen was easily defeated by Mr Macron in the May 7 presidential vote.With almost all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The ministry said the far-right National Front was in third place with almost 10 percent followed by the Socialists with 6.2 percent.One target this week was Olivia Gregoire who is standing for a seat from a constituency in wealthy southwest Paris and whose posters, like most REM candidates, feature Macron’s face prominently. Four seats were won outright in last Sunday’s first round.While his La République en Marche are expected to secure an easy majority, early polls indicate a low turnout – something that could reduce the strength of his mandate.Yet although France has a system in which funding for political parties is restricted if women do not make up at least 49 percent of its parliamentary candidates, most parties still put up more men for election. The Interior Ministry counted the Republicans and allied candidates with 131 seats, with 33 seats still uncounted.Macron’s rivals have urged voters not to stay at home, warning power could be too concentrated in the hands of one party and democratic debate stifled.Activists, like Nina Halimi, a 27-year-old law student, hailed victory in the second-round vote: “This is a very good result, when Macron was not long ago predicted that he would be unable to win a majority in the Assembly”.The final results of the legislative elections will be confirmed after Sunday’s second round of voting. With 15 seats, French parties can form their own group in parliament, which gives them a chance to lead committees and more time to question the government.Three pollsters projected turnout to be at 42-43 percent at the close of polling, a record low in the post-war Fifth Republic.