Emmanuel Macron seems to be on a winning streak after his landmark electoral victory, now winning a clear majority in the parliament. The La République en Marche has won over 300 seats in the National Assembly out of a possible 577 seats. This is being seen as a clear indicator of the kind of support the charismatic young leader has among his peers.
Margin still lower than expected
However, the clear majority notwithstanding, some analysts are of the view that the margin with which Macron has won is still lower than expected. This is being attributed to lower turnout rather than opposition to Macron's policy stance. The interesting thing about the man's success is that about half of the candidates belonging to his party have negligible political experience. The party itself has come into existence only a year ago.
Clear path for pro-EU policies
What is significant about this majority in the parliament is that Macron's pro-EU stance has received support from all quarters. Now, the President is free to go ahead with policies that will strengthen France's ties with other European Union economies. Macron has also indicated that he is committed to strengthening the business environment in the nation and any strategies that he has towards this will also be implemented now with ease considering the support he has garnered.
Traditional parties must rethink their strategy
Coming on the heels of Macron's presidential win, the majority in the parliament sends a clear signal to his opposition parties that the tide has turned against them and dramatically so. The Republicans are still in a position to form a formidable team on the offensive with their allies. However, they will still be restricted to about 131 seats at a maximum. Earlier, the opposition had a comfortable 200 seats in their grasp. This clearly shows that Macron is more popular than ever before right now.
For the Socialists, the parliamentary vote has just been another big nail in their coffin. They, with their allies, seem likely to only get about 49 seats at maximum. For a party that has been in power for the past five years, this is a very sorry state of affairs indeed. Marie Le Penn, who was Macron's chief contender for the President's post, has won her first seat in parliament but her key aides could not make the cut and this undermines her position slightly.