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Macron reform hopes on French election polls

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:44

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron hopes parliamentary elections set to take place on June 11 and 18 will hand him a resounding majority to implement reforms to France's labour market, pensions and the moral clout of its politicians. Ivor Bennett reports

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In English, the name means 'on the move'. Something evident both on the campaign trail and in the polls. The latest surveys putting Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party on course for one of the biggest parliamentary majority's France has seen in nearly 50 years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL EXPERT AT SCIENCES PO UNIVERSITY, BRUNO CAUTRES, SAYING: "Normally the legislative election just accompanies the presidential one, it is just five weeks later, and I cannot see why the French would not get a majority for Emmanuel Macron." The party is only a year old its candidates a mixture of seasoned pros and complete novices - one is even a bullfighter. But some predictions suggest they could win upwards of 400 seats. If true, Marine Le Pen's National Front may be lucky to reach double figures. While the traditional mainstream parties look set for huge losses...even if they're not giving up yet. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CONSERVATIVE "THE REPUBLICANS" PARTY CAMPAIGN LEADER, FRANCOIS BAROIN, SAYING: "I never mourn before the end of the match. Even if we had no players left, which isn't the case, even at the end be it tennis or football everything can be turned around at the last second." Markets might hope it isn't though. eyeing a new pro-business agenda and a pick-up in growth announced by the central bank, even if the country remains on course to break public deficit commitments. SOUNDBITE (English) KEN ODELUGA, MARKET ANALYST, CITY INDEX, SAYING: "Given the fact that unemployment, growth and the inflation seem to be getting off their knees that should, should, be a net positive." Macron himself only won a quarter of the vote in the first round of the presidential election. but it seems his term won't now be the tricky balancing act many had previously thought.

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Macron reform hopes on French election polls

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 01:44