French President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party wins majority in parliament

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament polls

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament polls

President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election on Sunday, pollsters' estimates showed, securing a powerful mandate to push through his neoliberal pro-business reforms.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen today won a seat in the French parliament, but her anti-EU National Front (FN) party faced disappointment, winning only four to eight seats, polls and party figures said.

"A clear majority has voted for us", REM spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told TF1, adding: "It will be a majority with an opposition and that's good news".

France's youngest leader since Napoleon, Mr Macron emerged from relative obscurity to score a thumping win in the presidential election in May.

His party dominated France's traditional parties, the rightwing Republicans and Socialists, but also the far-right National Front (FN) of defeated presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which fell far short of its target.

"Normally political parties allocate women seats that are nearly impossible to win, so they can say 'hey, we have as many female candidates as male, ' but at the end of the day they never end up winning", added Poirson, who has no prior parliamentary experience but has master's degrees in political science from both Harvard and the London School of Economics.

Le Pen said she won with about 58 percent of the vote Sunday in Henin-Beaumont in northern France.

However, Florian Philippot, the party's vice-president and Le Pen's right hand man, who has been at odds with some in the party line over its European strategy, failed to win the seat he was fighting for.

"The rout of the Socialist Party is undeniable", said PS leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost his seat in the first round and resigned his position on Sunday night.

France's conservative leader has declared his party the main opposition after losing to new President Emmanuel Macron's movement in the nation's parliamentary vote.

However, Macron's victory looks to have been marred by a record-low voter turnout, calling into question his government's legitimacy and his ability to implement reforms.

"The task he faces is vast", he added.

"A year ago, no one would have imagined political renewal like this".

Turnout in the election was estimated to be extremely low, with a senior En Marche! official warning that high levels of abstention are bad news for democracy. Half of the candidates in the running for his party were drawn from civilian life, and half were women. They include a mathematician, a female bullfighter and a former Rwandan orphan.

The other half of the party are a mix of centrists and moderate left- and right-wing politicians drawn from established parties including ally MoDem. He said his party will be able to form a parliamentary group.

The 39-year-old even tried to intimidate US President Donald Trump with a memorable white-knuckle handshake at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and later mocked his decision to pull the United States out of the global Paris accord to combat climate change.

The hard-left France Unbowed is also struggling to maintain the momentum it had during the presidential election.

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