The fledgling presidency of Emmanuel Macron, the youngest French leader since Napoleon, looks set to redraw the political map in parliamentary elections thought to be a longshot for his party only a month ago. Matthew Larotonda reports.
The political party of France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, didn't even exist a little over a year ago, but now it's set to redraw the political map in upcoming parliamentary elections. Bastions of French politics crumbling and loyalties shifting as polls suggest his centrist Republic on the Move party looks set to win a comfortable majority in the votes on Sunday and June 18. ... potentially a critical victory for efforts to push the reforms he campaigned on One survey predicting the party will win about 345 seats in parliament, out of 577. Their closest competitor, the conservative Republicans, thought to secure less than half of that. And the Socialist party of Macron's immediate predecessor, Francois Hollande, no more than a dismal 35 seats. But none of this is set in stone. Voter turnout is expected to be low and and corruption allegations against one of Macron's ministers could still throw up surprise results. And if they win, there's still the question of how to keep the party united. Some of his candidates have no political experience and include rebels from the Socialist and Republican parties... it could be a tough band to keep together.