Government spokesperson Christophe Castaner said the French disinterest “is as an additional responsibility and it will allow Emmanuel Macron, Edouard Philippe to never forget that deep down there is no victory tonight and the real victory will be in five years when things will really have changed”.
Three pollsters projected that Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) and its Modem allies would win 355 to 365 seats in the 577-seat lower house, fewer than previously forecast.
“Macron’s overwhelming majority should confirm already constructive sentiment”, Commerzbank analysts said in a note.
The center-right Les Republicains and their allies have trailed behind, with around 119 seats.
The vote hands the centrist a mandate to reshape French politics and overhaul the country’s restrictive labour laws.
“It’s time for something new”, said Celine Haroun, 35, a stay-at-home-mom in Paris who voted for Macron’s party.
Macron’s new party swept France’s parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Her victory would be a rare bright spot for her nationalist and anti-EU party which was once hoping to emerge as the principal opposition to Macron in parliament.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also welcomed the vote’s outcome, tweeting that it paved “the way for reforms in France+Europe”. Unemployment in France is roughly double that of Germany and the United Kingdom, helping Le Pen to attract her party’s biggest ever vote in May’s presidential runoff.
He added that the party needs to change its ideas and its organization and that a “collective leadership” is going to replace him.
Yet the government also has to contend with a budget that risks overshooting its 3 percent target in 2018, according to the National Auditor, even before enacting the tax cuts and spending increases Macron promised during the presidential campaign. “This majority will be united behind the government to put the president’s program into action”.
He called on the new majority of lawmakers who were elected Sunday to help the government implement Macron’s political agenda.
Former Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls narrowly retained his seat in the Paris suburbs, but former education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem – a one-time Socialist star – was beaten by an REM candidate in the central city of Lyon.
With 82% of the vote counted, the Interior Ministry said Mr Macron’s party had 42% of the vote, the conservative Republicans had 22% and the far-right National Front captured 10%.
The far-right party National Front party won 8 seats – up from 2 in the outgoing Assembly – including one for its leader, Marine Le Pen.
“We are the only force of resistance to the dilution of France, its social model and identity”, Le Pen said in a televised address in her northern fiefdom of Henin-Beaumont.
And she warned: “We will fight the migration policy that seeks to accelerate the arrival of migrants in accord with [Chancellor] Angela Merkel’s Germany”.
Polling agency projections suggested Macron’s Republic on the Move!
Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May 7 election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.
France’s conservative leader has declared his party the main opposition after losing to new President Emmanuel Macron’s movement in the nation’s parliamentary vote. “The entire political establishment of France will live or die by this”.
Well Mark… With nearly all votes counted the LREM and its Modem allies won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat lower house.