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France elects parliament as Macron aims to consolidate

Latest surveys suggest Macron's party will win a comfortable majority in the National Assembly

Gregory Viscusi | Reuters 

Voters in France began choosing lawmakers on Sunday in a two-stage election that will determine how much power new President Emmanuel Macron will actually have. If polls are to be believed, it will be a lot. The latest surveys suggest Macron’s Republic on the Move movement (REM), will win a comfortable majority in the 577-seat National Assembly, allowing him to push through his plans to loosen French labour laws and simplify its tax system. The 39-year-old Macron was elected in May after creating a centrist political movement that took millions of votes away from the two parties that ...

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First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 02:21 IST