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FRANCE: Much work to be done under Macron's leadership

Assemblée National
French parliament during a session.
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NORMAN, Okla. – The French president, Emmanuel Macron, leads a political party that recently won a large majority for the French parliament elections (the equivalent of the US Congress).

The elections, held on June 18th, have been marked by two other important bits of news, a historically low voter turn-out and a higher representation of women in the Parliament.

Emmanuel Macron is the leader of the French Republic. (AFP)

With 350 seats, including 42 from its ally centrist the “MoDem”, Macron’s political party “La Republique en Marche” (aka La Marche) has won 61 percent of the 577 seats available, conferring all the power to implement Macron’s reform program.

The Socialist Party, former majority at the parliament has obtained only 31 seats (5.37 percent of the seats), the traditional right “Les Republicains”, 112 legislators, the far left “La France Insoumise” of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 16 legislators, enough to create a parliamentary group, which is not the case of the French Communist Party, with 10 seats, and the far-right National Front, with only eight seats.

Even if with 350 seats Macron has won a large victory it is less than the 400 seats expected after the first round on June 11th. One of the causes of this counter-performance is due to the low voter turn-out of only 42.6 percent for the run-off. In comparison, the turn-out was at 55.4 percent for the last parliament elections in 2012.

Therefore, the majority at the parliament doesn’t mean a consent of a majority of the population but more a certain fatigue toward the French political system. And as it has been seen in the past it is often not the parliament who vote the law but the large crowd of protesters in the streets.

French Communists marching the recent May Day parade in Avignon, France. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

The good news of this elections is the large increase of women representatives in the hemicycle with 223 women elected (38.65 percent of the parliament) from 165 women in the previous parliament. An extent never before seen in the French political history.

Macron’s priorities will be first to re-affirm the role of the European Union as a political and economic force and negotiate the Brexit. And one thing is sure is that has a former Rothschild banker Macron will do everything to attract financial corporations from London to Paris.

But the mains difficulties of the French President will be domestic politics by first trying to reform the labor market continuing in the direction of his predecessor Francois Hollande.

But according to recent polls, a majority of the French people seems mixed in how to conduct the labor reform. Hopefully for Macron, as summer vacation is coming to, the calendar should be in his favor.

The last but not the easiest, the reform of “Moralisation de la vie publique” that will concern th elected legislators, which includes among other the French President. The reform proposes among other to regulate the political parties' funding, ban politicians from employing members of their family as staff, term limit, no multiple office-holding and control of the legislator’s spending.

The law that is proposed by the political ally of “La Republique en Marche”, the “MoDem” and its more famous representant Francois Bayrou, actual Secretary of State, has the three members of the “MoDem”, including Bayrou who were part of the new government just resigned due to their implication in a possible fake jobs scandal.

Finally to complete Macron’s total control on the French political life he will need to win the next Senate elections in September.

A lot of work lies ahead.

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