Keyword: 2017 French parliamentary elections

After Parliamentary election win, France's Macron faces union test

The way president handles planned labour reforms will set tone for coming years, including a revamp of jobless benefits and retirement systems.

French legislative elections final round: Macron's party wins absolute majority

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France went back to the polls on Sunday to choose the 577 members of parliament’s lower house, the National Assembly, in the final, decisive second round of legislative elections. The newly-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party La République En Marche (LREM) won a majority of seats (351 with its centre-right allies), but well below what was forecast after its score in the first round. The second-placed conservatives did a little better than expected, while the Socialist Party, with 29 seats, has suffered a humiliating defeat, although it has fared better than the radical-left. The far-right has won eight seats. Importantly, turnout was a record low. Follow the results, reactions and analysis as it happened on the night. Reporting by Graham Tearse and Michael Streeter.

Low turnout in French legislative elections

Sunday's final round voting to decide the makeup of the new French parliament saw early turnout figures down even further on the historic low seen in the first round, as Emmanuel Macron's party is tipped to win up to 450 seats out od a total 577.

French far-right leader Le Pen loses her lustre

Far-right Front National party leader Marine Le Pen once dreamed of leading the principal opposition party to Emmanuel Macron and of marshaling a hundred or more members of parliament to push her party's hard nationalist agenda, but now she could well end up as its only member in the National Assembly.

The terminal collapse of the French Socialist Party

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Staring at oblivion: Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. © Reuters Staring at oblivion: Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis. © Reuters

The French Socialist Party emerged from last Sunday’s legislative election first round in tatters, dwarfed not only by the massive surge of president Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist party, but also the conservatives, the far-right and, importantly, the radical-left. The results followed its disastrous score in the presidential elections, and it is forecast to be put to the sword in the final round this coming weekend. The party’s debacle is more than a simple election defeat; it signals the end of the road for it as a party of government, argues Fabien Escalona, a specialist in European social democrat movements. In this analysis, he argues that the rare previous examples of parties of Western democracies that have similarly collapsed offer little hope it will ever recover.  

Macron party gains promise France's new president crushing powers

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Emmanuel Macron surrounded by his party's candidates, Paris May 13th. © AudreyDufeuSchubert via Twitter Emmanuel Macron surrounded by his party's candidates, Paris May 13th. © AudreyDufeuSchubert via Twitter

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.

 

French elections see gender parity move (a little) closer

The first round of France's legislative elections have left at least 245 women candidates in lead positions before the second round play-offs next weekend, which would mean, in the likely case that they move on to win, an increase of 95 in the number of female MPs in the National Assembly.

French legislative elections: live reports as Macron party on path to landslide victory

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling République En Marche (France on the move) party has convincingly won a majority of votes cast in Sunday’s first round of voting to elect a new parliament. With candidates in many constituencies now facing a second-round playoff next weekend, Macron’s REM party is predicted to win up to 455 seats out of parliament’s total of 577, amid a record low turnout of just one-in-two voters. Estimations place the conservative Les Républicains party far behind in second place, while the radical-left appears to have beaten the score of the Socialist Party which has suffered a humiliating trouncing by the REM in many constituencies. The far-right has failed to match its share of the presidential election vote, with estimates that it will win possibly as few as three seats. Follow here how the events developed through the night, with results and reactions as they came in. Reporting by Graham Tearse and Michael Streeter.

The long shadow of abstention hanging over France's parliamentary elections

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The writing on the wall, to be ignored at a party's peril. © Reuters The writing on the wall, to be ignored at a party's peril. © Reuters

This Sunday’s first round of voting in France’s parliamentary elections is predicted to see newly-elected centrist president Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party emerge with a resounding lead. But also forecast is a poor, and possibly record-low, turnout. Mediapart political commentator Hubert Huertas argues here that, as usual, the abstention rate will be largely ignored by those who win, and used by those who lose to hide the true significance of their defeat, while in fact it delivers a powerful political message to all parties.

 

France gears up for all-important parliamentary elections

A total of 7,882 candidates are standing nationwide in two-round legislative elections beginning Sunday which are expected to produce a thorough renewal of the National Assembly - not least because more than 200 of the outgoing lawmakers are not standing for re-election.

Macron party tipped for strong parliamentary majority

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling centrist party is tipped by polling organisations to win between 375 and 415 parliamentary seats out of a total of 577 at the end of France's two-round legislative elections which begin on Sunday.

Macron's party ahead in legislative polls among French overseas voters

His La République en Marche party came top in 10 out of 11 constituencies among voters who live abroad, ahead of mainland voting on Sunday.

The pale political renewal of Macron's first government

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Centrist Sylvie Goulard, the new French defence minister, with socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian, appointed as foreign affairs minister. Centrist Sylvie Goulard, the new French defence minister, with socialist Jean-Yves Le Drian, appointed as foreign affairs minister.

The makeup of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government is crucial to his chances of obtaining a parliamentary majority in legislative elections in June, when his République En Marche party faces its first electoral test against the traditional parties of the Left and Right. The maverick centrist has succeeded in including renegade conservatives and socialists, along with his centre-right allies, as well as a key figure from the Green camp and others from “civil society”. But, as Ellen Salvi and Mathieu Magnaudeix report, it nevertheless remains a pale exercise of what was promised to be a political “renewal”.

Opinion poll gives Macron party boost for legislative elections

Latest opinion survey shows newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling centrist movement Republic on the Move, along with its centre-right allies, is gaining public voting intentions for June's parliamentary elections when it will stand its first electoral test.

Conservative renegade appointed French prime minister

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Edouard Philippe, until now the conservative mayor of Le Havre and MP, as his prime minister in a move regarded as an attempt to attract a slice of the conservative electorate in parliamentary elmections in June.