Financial Times, June 18, 2017: 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 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.
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.
The parliamentary polls have hastened the meltdown of the established parties that have governed France for the past four decades. Two months after the candidates for the centre-left and centre-right parties were defeated in the first round of the presidential election, their traditional voters failed to mobilise, with many deciding to give the new president a chance to prove himself following an impressive debut on the international stage and as the economy picks up.