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 PARIS, (AFP), June19, 2017 -  French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party swept to a large majority in parliamentary elections on Sunday, although it fell short of a predicted landslide.   


Macron’s year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and their allies won 351 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, final results showed after the second round of an election which has eliminated many high-profile figures.   


The party Macron founded just 16 months ago has re-drawn the French political map, although the winning score was considerably lower than the 470 seats predicted by some pre-vote surveys.   
But it gives the 39-year-old president one of France’s biggest post-war majorities, strengthening his hand in implementing his programme of business-friendly reforms.   


 “A year ago, no-one would have imagined such a political renewal,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.   


 “It is down to the president’s desire to breathe new life into democracy and to the French people who wanted to give parliament a new face.” Macron’s success was tempered by a record low turnout of just under 44 percent, leading his opponents to claim he had no groundswell of support. 

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