Macron party gains promise France's new president crushing powers

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s newly founded centrist party La République En Marche (LREM) is forecast to gain as many as 455 out of parliament’s 577 seats in next Sunday’s second and final round of legislative elections. It emerged from the first round this weekend with massive support across the country, to the backdrop of a record low turnout of less than one in two voters. Macron now appears certain to wield a crushing power to enact his promised major structural reforms, and to be completely untied to his electoral alliance with the centre-right MoDem party. Mathieu Magnaudeix and Ellen Salvi report.

 

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Following the results of the first round of the French legislative elections this weekend, Emmanuel Macron appears on course not only to accomplish his essential goal of winning an absolute majority in the new parliament after the second round next Sunday, but also to gain an exceptional landslide majority that is estimated could see his new maverick centrist party occupy 450 seats out of the total 577.