The Latest: Germans celebrate Macron party win in France

PARIS — The Latest on France’s parliamentary elections (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

German government officials are celebrating the clear victory of President Emmanuel Macron’s party in France’s parliamentary election.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, wrote Sunday on Twitter that “France now has a strong president with a strong majority in parliament.” Altmaier added: “Good for Europe and for Germany!”

The German Foreign Ministry quoted Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Twitter as saying that “the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe.”

Germany and France have the eurozone’s two biggest economies and are the traditional motor of European integration.

With 82 percent of the votes counted, Macron’s party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans 22 percent, the far-right National Front 10 percent and the Socialists only 6 percent.

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9:35 p.m.

The head of France’s Socialist party has quit after his party suffered a horrendous defeat in the country’s parliamentary election.

Socialist party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis says that President “Emmanuel Macron’s triumph is uncontestable, the defeat of the left is unavoidable, and the defeat of the Socialist party is irrevocable.”

He added that the party needs to change its ideas and its organization and that a “collective leadership” is going to replace him.

With 75 percent of the votes counted Sunday night, Macron’s party won 42 percent of the vote, followed by the

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-latest-france-parliamentary-election-turnout-low-so-far/2017/06/18/55fe9472-541c-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

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