World French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament

00:05  13 june  2017
00:05  13 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron 's new party which would shatter the political landscape.

PARIS — Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron ’s new party which would shatter the political landscape.

French President Emmanuel Macron waves to the audience as he leaves a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, after casting his vote in the first round of the two-stage legislative elections, Sunday, June 11, 2017. French voters are choosing legislators in the first round of parliamentary elections, with President Emmanuel Macron's party © The Associated Press French President Emmanuel Macron waves to the audience as he leaves a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, after casting his vote in the first round of the two-stage legislative elections, Sunday, June 11, 2017. French voters are choosing legislators in the first round of parliamentary elections, with President Emmanuel Macron's party "Republic on the Move" hoping to win a strong majority in the National Assembly to push through bold labor and security reforms. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS — Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron's new party which would shatter the political landscape.

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PARIS (AP) — Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron 's new party that would shatter the political landscape.

France's prime minister is declaring victory for President Emmanuel Macron 's new centrist party in the first round of parliamentary elections set to reshape French politics. less. Projections show pro- Macron candidates dominating parliament 's 577-seat lower house.

Less than half of registered voters cast ballots on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in its final count the morning after. Those who did gave Macron's the Republic on the Move party over 28 percent of the vote — more than 12 points ahead of the closest rival, the mainstream conservatives.

If the sweep holds as expected, lawmakers for Macron's party, many of them new to politics, could take more than 400 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the lower house — unprecedented in the Fifth Republic, like the 48.7 percent participation rate.

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front fell flat with 13 percent of the vote. Le Pen, who had Europe on edge until she lost the May 7 presidential race, was trying to save herself and her party in the legislative contests. She moved to the second round in her northern bastion of Henin-Beaumont. But some ranking party members were eliminated outright, notably campaign director Nicolas Bay, the party's secretary-general.

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  France's Macron faces test in parliamentary elections French voters are choosing lawmakers in the lower house of parliament on Sunday in a vote that is crucial for newly-elected president Emmanuel Macron. A total of 7,882 candidates are running for 577 seats in the National Assembly in Sunday's first round of the two-stage legislative elections. Top vote-getters advance to the decisive second round June 18.Polls suggest the elections will strongly favor Macron's party and dramatically shake up French politics, punishing the traditional left and right parties and leaving no single strong opposition force.

PARIS (AP) - Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron 's new party that would shatter the political landscape.

France's prime minister is declaring victory for President Emmanuel Macron 's new centrist party in the first round of parliamentary elections set to reshape French politics. Projections show pro- Macron candidates dominating parliament 's 577-seat lower house.

"Lots of voters thought that (the election result) was played out in advance," Bay said Monday on CNews television, reflecting a sense expressed by others that the huge presidential win by Macron demotivated many potential voters. Macron, an upstart centrist, formed his On the Move movement less than 14 months ago then turned it into a political party, promising to return politics to the people.

Now, Macron's rivals fear the elections will eliminate any effective opposition to counter an all-powerful president. He wants, within weeks, to start reforming French labor laws to make hiring and firing easier, and legislate a code of ethics in politics to end the scandals that over decades have eroded voter trust in the political class.

The Socialist Party of the deeply unpopular former President Francois Hollande was shredded in the first round, with its leader, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis eliminated along with Benoit Hamon, the party's presidential candidate. The party took less than 7.5 percent of the vote.

Francois Fezeau, a 29-year-old Parisian, said the results so far "fill me with enthusiasm."

"We had a recent (presidential) election which shook up the classic parties and I think that the legislative elections give Macron the possibility to show what he is able to do."

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Milos Krivokapic in Paris contributed.

France's Election Marathon Ends With Macron Set to Win Majority .
The French are voting Sunday for the fourth time in two months and the main outstanding question is just how big a majority they will hand President Emmanuel Macron. Polls from Harris and OpinionWay last week projected that Macron’s Republic on the Move movement, known as REM, may take up to 80 percent of the seats in the 577-member National Assembly. Both estimated that REM will have between 440 and 470 deputies together with its allies. That would be the biggest landslide in a quarter century.

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