A DEMOCRATIC revolution is under way in France. After the first round of the legislative elections on June 11th, President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche! (LRM), looks set to win a landslide majority when voters return for a run-off vote next Sunday. As we predicted this week, his party is forecast to secure 390-430 seats out of 577 in the National Assembly, according to estimates of the early results by Ipsos, a pollster. This is an astonishing result for a party that Mr Macron founded only 14 months ago.
LRM, which got 32% of the vote, has crushed all the other parties. The Socialists, on 10%, are likely to lose about 90% of their seats, reducing their group to a rump of 20-35 deputies. The biggest opposition party will be the Republicans, which scored 22%. They are set to end up with 85-125 deputies, about half…Continue reading