The Latest: Germany’s Merkel celebrates Macron win in France

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

11:25 p.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is pleased about the resounding victory by French President Emmanuel Macron’s new party in the French parliamentary election.

Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, quoted Merkel on Twitter as congratulating Macron on his “clear parliamentary majority” Sunday. He said she looks forward to continuing “good cooperation for Germany, France, 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.

Polling agency projections suggested that Macron’s Republic on the Move! party could take 355 to 365 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, the powerful lower house of parliament.

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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

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