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French President Macron's party to win clear parliamentary majority - polls
June 7, 2017 / 10:36 AM / 6 months ago

French President Macron's party to win clear parliamentary majority - polls

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is on course to win a commanding majority in this month’s parliamentary election, new polls showed on Wednesday, reinforcing the trend seen in other surveys also pointing to a victory for Macron’s camp.

French President Emmanuel Macron waits for guests to leave at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party would get between 350-380 seats out of 577 up for grabs in the lower house of parliament, a poll by IFOP said. A separate Odoxa survey predicted it would win 350-390 seats.

Voting takes place in two rounds on June 11 and June 18.

Earlier this week, an Ipsos Sopra Steria poll indicated that Macron’s party would get 385-415 seats in a landslide win.

Such a majority would give Macron’s government a strong mandate to push ahead with economic reforms, starting with a pro-business overhaul of France’s labour code, a notoriously difficult area of policy to agree with trade unions.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Richard Lough

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