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Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 French Parliament Election Result

French president Emmanuel Macron swept to a large majority in the French parliamentary elections - while his former rival Marine Le Pen finally won a seat at the fifth time of asking.

The 39-year-old's new party Republic En Marche (REM) and its coalition partner MoDem (Democratic Movement) gained 351 seats out of 577 in the Paris National Assembly.

The party Macron founded just 16 months ago has re-drawn the French political map, although the winning score was considerably lower than the 475 seats predicted by some pre-vote surveys.

But it gives the 39-year-old president - who has flown to watch the Paris Air Show today - one of France's biggest post-war majorities, strengthening his hand in implementing his programme of business-friendly reforms.

The party of former president Francois Hollande shed more than 250 seats, obtaining just 29 seats

Emmanuel Macron's REM routed the Socialists and heavily defeated the rightwing Republicans, while the far-right National Front (FN) of Marine Le Pen - whom Macron defeated in the presidential run-off on May 7 - had a disappointing night.

Le Pen entered parliament for the first time in her career in one of at least eight seats won by the FN, but the party fell well short of its 15-seat target.

Emmanuel Macron's success was tempered by a record low turnout of just under 44 percent, leading his opponents to claim he had no groundswell of support. 

High temperatures across France saw many opt for a Sunday June 18,2017 at the beach or in the garden rather than making a trip to the polling booths.

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