Merkel among first to laud Macron for winning

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Macron’s La republique en marche party (LREM) won a large majority in Sunday;s elections which will enable it to push through reforms.

Merkel lauded him for winning a “clear parliamentary majority,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Seibert added, in a tweet, that Merkel wished for “further good cooperation for Germany, France, Europe.”

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was quoted on Twitter by his ministry as saying “the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe.”

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement, Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a campaign rally on May 1, 2017 at the Paris Event Center in Paris.

Macron’s year-old party and Modem allies were set to win between 350 and 361 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, based on partial results after the second round of the legislative elections announced shortly after midnight. Macron’s success was marked by record low turnout of just under 44 percent.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Macron’s party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22 percent and the far-right Front National 10 percent. The Socialists, who held the presidency before Macron’s independent presidential victory in May, were decimated and only won six percent of the vote.

During last Sunday’s first round of voting, LREM garnered 32.3 percent of the vote. In French elections, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, a runoff is held between the top two vote-getters.


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