The recently elected President of France, Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is in the lead after the French Parliament’s first round of voting on Sunday.
“Projections showed Macron’s La République en Marche (LRM) — a movement-turned party that is barely a year old — and their allies winning some 32 percent of the vote. Pollsters estimated they could win more than 450 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly in a runoff vote next Sunday,” writes Politico. “Next came the conservative Les Républicains party with around 21 percent of the vote and Marine Le Pen’s National Front with about 14 percent.”
This means Macron will probably have control over the parliament and he has aggressive reform plans, some controversial.
Following Sunday’s vote, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the voters sent a “message without ambiguity” saying that they want a “new face” for the parliament.
However, the voter turnout was especially poor. Only 48.7% of eligible voters actually went out to the polls.
Could this be the end of traditional parties in France?
Even though Macon did not have the support of a traditional party, he still won the French presidency last month. His party is also just a year old.
The leader of the French Socialists said his party faced a “unprecedented’ loss after Sunday’s vote.
Sunday’s results were “marked by an unprecedented retreat of the left as a whole and the PS (Socialist Party) in particular,” said Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, the French Socialist party leader.
This party will likely lose over 200 seats in the new national assembly. Currently, the French Socialists have 277 seats, but this is expected to fall to just 15-40.
These results also prove that the ex-president Francois Hollande has hit a new level of unpopularity with voters. The Socialists won just 7.4%.
A senior Socialist leader, Julien Dray was alarmed by the results and said it was “a profound political crisis. Firstly, we’ll have to see the second round… we need to keep fighting and afterwards we will need to rework completely what was the Socialist identity.”
Macron on the other hand, who was briefly a Socialist party member when he was in his twenties, thinks it’s the start of a “political revolution.”
Macron won last month’s presidential election against rival Marine Le Pen.
“Macron and Le Pen’s polar-opposite visions presented France’s 47 million registered voters with the starkest possible choice. Le Pen’s closed borders faced off against Macron’s open ones; his commitment to free trade ran against her proposals to protect the French from global economic competition and immigration. Her desire to free France from the EU and the shared euro currency contrasted with his argument that both are essential for the future of Europe’s third-largest economy,” writes Fox News.
Although supporters of Macron claim it’s time for a change, many merely see Macron as the status quo.
Author’s note: If his reforms end up being anti-socialist, then this could perhaps be the start of a “political revolution.” Of not, then France will continue to be stagnate and to suffer with from a sluggish economy, a massive migration problem, radical terrorism, and high unemployment rates.