Macron: We want to build a strong Europe that will speak with one voice

LREM and MoDem set to take 445 of 557 seats; Despite low voter turnout, Macron to hold majority; Macron spokesman: We want to build a strong Europe that will speak with one voice, that will have one army, and perhaps even one economy.

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Photo: NEWSWEEK cover, June 17-23, 2017

 

French President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) together with the MoDem party will win a sweeping majority of the French National Assembly.

According to polls and reports, over 32% of the vote was won by both parties, approximately 445 out of 557 seats, defeating the socialist and conservatives parties in France. En Marche is reported to have obtained 390 seats.

Despite low turnout, the lowest in France in 50 years, Macron’s 14-month-old party will hold a majority in the parliament, a vast change to the Socialists and Republican split majority of the previous Assembly.

Macron, a political figurehead of the European Union, won the French elections, his campaign centered on France remaining in and increasing its role in the European Union.

A spokesman for Macron stated on the party’s victory in elections for the French National Assembly “We in France want to build a strong Europe economically, politically and militarily,” stating that it would now (with the election of Macron and majority in the Assembly) be easier for Europe to be global player. He stated that Europe has not been the center of the globe as it does not know what I wants, pointing out the globe turns to the United States and Russia for guidance, not Europe.

He stated that “We want to build a strong Europe that will speak with one voice, that will have one army, and perhaps even one economy… We will have to worry about the rest of the world, which will make it easier to do what we have to do” adding that “no one knows what will be of Donald Trump.”