1. French President Emmanuel Macron’s party to win clear parliamentary majority: Polls

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party to win clear parliamentary majority: Polls

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course to win a commanding majority in this month's parliamentary election, new polls showed on Wednesday.

By: | Paris | Updated: June 7, 2017 8:20 PM
Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party would get between 350-380 seats out of 577. (Reuters)

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is on course to win a commanding majority in this month’s parliamentary election, new polls showed on Wednesday, reinforcing the trend seen in other surveys also pointing to a victory for Macron’s camp. Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party would get between 350-380 seats out of 577 up for grabs in the lower house of parliament, a poll by IFOP said. A separate Odoxa survey predicted it would win 350-390 seats. Voting takes place in two rounds on June 11 and June 18.

Earlier this week, an Ipsos Sopra Steria poll indicated that Macron’s party would get 385-415 seats in a landslide win. Such a majority would give Macron’s government a strong mandate to push ahead with economic reforms, starting with a pro-business overhaul of France’s labour code, a notoriously difficult area of policy to agree with trade unions.

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