1. French President Emmanuel Macron’s rivals say predicted landslide bad for democracy

French President Emmanuel Macron’s rivals say predicted landslide bad for democracy

There would be no room for debate in parliament and democracy would be stifled if French President Emmanuel Macron were to win the landslide parliamentary majority pollsters are predicting, his rivals said after Sunday's first round of voting.

By: | Published: June 12, 2017 1:42 AM
french president, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, Francois Baroin Jean-Christophe, conservative party, The republics French President Emmanuel Macron. (Reuters)

There would be no room for debate in parliament and democracy would be stifled if French President Emmanuel Macron were to win the landslide parliamentary majority pollsters are predicting, his rivals said after Sunday’s first round of voting. “It is neither healthy nor desirable for a president who gathered only 24 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidentials and who was elected in the second round only by the rejection of the extreme right should benefit from a monopoly of national representation,” said Socialist party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis.

Francois Baroin, who ran the campaign of conservative party The Republicans, echoed these sentiments saying political power should not be concentrated in the hands of one party. Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right National Front who spoke after she qualified for the June 18 second round of voting which will determine the actual number of seats the parties get, called the huge abstention rate “worrying”.

Responding to the criticism, a senior party official of Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party said there would be no riding roughshod over alternative views. “We shall be very respectful of the opposition… There has to be respect for minorities in a debate. This will not be a dominant majority but a responsible majority, said Jean-Paul Delevoye, who was in charge of selecting LREM candidates.

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