Macron’s electoral coalition secures 350 seats, crushing the former government

June 18, 2017 – Financial Times

French President Emmanuel Macron has won a decisive majority in parliamentary elections, giving him considerable power as he embarks on reforms to reinvigorate the economy and restore French influence in Europe.

Mr Macron’s party La République en Marche and its centrist ally Modem secured 350 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, according to official results from the interior ministry.

The Socialists, the outgoing government, and its allies were crushed, holding on to only 44 of their 284 seats. The centre-right Republicans and allies will form the main opposition but with a disappointing 137 seats, down from 199.

The far-right National Front, whose leader Marine Le Pen lost the presidential election to Mr Macron, won nine seats. Ms Le Pen will sit in the National Assembly for the first time, representing her stronghold in northern France.

The party of hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who performed strongly in the presidential election, will have 17 MPs, while the Communist party secured 10. Turnout was just 43 per cent, a record low.

The result is short of the crushing landslide some pollsters had predicted. Still, the solid majority reinforces the legitimacy of the 39-year-old president, who only set up his up his cross-party movement 14 months ago. It clears the way for the contentious reforms he has outlined during his presidential campaign, including a bill this summer intended to make the jobs market more flexible.