Macron wins large majority in French parliament

Emmanuel Macron to reshuffle government after French parliament election win

The parliamentary majority will enable Macron to implement plans to alter French labor law and refurbish benefits and unemployment benefits. Macron landed Monday at the Bourget airfield in an Airbus A400-M military transport plane to launch the aviation showcase, where the latest Boeing and Airbus passenger jets will vie for attention with a F-35 warplane, drones and other and high-tech hardware.

French president Emmanuel Macron was poised to forge ahead with pro-EU, business-friendly reforms on Monday after his centrist party redrew the country's political map with a victory in parliamentary elections.

Castaner said prime minister Edouard Philippe and his government would resign later in the day and a new cabinet be formed in coming days. And in Sunday's election, the party known for its anti-immigrant and Euroskeptic views won just eight seats, despite hoping to receive 15 in order to form its own parliamentary group.

Under a government reshuffle to be conducted this week after Macron's party won a majority in parliament at the weekend, Ferrand is to step down as minister for territorial planning.

He refused to say whether ministers who have come under corruption suspicions would keep their jobs.

Only 140 incumbents held onto their seats, which they will occupy alongside no fewer than 425 new members, characterised by younger, more ethnically diverse lawmakers.

"Massive abstention considerably weakens the legitimacy of the new National Assembly and this five-year presidency starts with pretty bad foundations", said National Front leader, Marine Le Pen.

And women will make up 38.8 per cent of the new parliament, compared with 25.8 per cent in the outgoing parliament a figure that placed France 63rd in the world for women in parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Teneo Intelligence also explained that: "Le Pen's more secure position will allow the party to continue to steer itself towards the mainstream of French politics".

The president of the extreme right party will be able to celebrate his victory in family, and even in couple, because his companion Louis Aliot will sit beside him in the National Assembly. Three-quarters are starting their first term at the National Assembly. There are a record 224 women politicians, and it is more varied in background - if politically less experienced.

Macron's fledgling "neither right nor left" political movement, La Republique en Marche (La REM), and its smaller centrist ally Democratic Movement (MoDem) needed 289 seats to have an absolute majority.

But with his wins in last month's presidential election and Sunday's parliament vote, he has routed the old political class.

Poirson chose to become a candidate in January when Macron sent a video to LREM members urging more women to put themselves forward.

The centre-right Republican party saw its share of the assembly seats reduce from 195 to 137.

"We're worth at least 80 (seats) in my opinion, given the energy we will use to promote our views", Le Pen told a news conference. No need to remember your password or log in, just click.

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