Macron sets sights on huge parliamentary majority; voter turnout low


PARIS Voters turned out in record low numbers on Sunday in the second round of France’s parliamentary election, with President Emmanuel Macron expected to win a landslide majority to help push through far-reaching pro-business reforms.

The vote comes just a month after the 39-year-old former banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, promising to clean up French politics and revive the euro zone’s second-biggest economy.

Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move party is little more than a year old, yet pollsters project it will win as many as 75 to 80 percent of the 577 seats in the lower house together with its center-right MoDem ally.

Turnout, though, was on course for a record low, a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of campaigning and voting – and also of disillusionment and anger with politics that could eventually complicate Macron’s reform drive.

Interior Ministry data showed turnout was 35.33 percent at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT), 10 points lower than at the same time in 2012. Three pollsters projected turnout to be at 42-43 percent at the close of polling, a record low in the post-war Fifth Republic.

“People know it’s already a done deal,” Alex Mpoy, a 38-year-old security guard,

Article source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-idUSKBN1980TX

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