Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Macron Eyes Next Stage in Revolution in Parliament Vote

Macron Eyes Next Stage in  Revolution in Parliament Vote

PARIS  - French voters went to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election set to hand a landslide victory to the centrist party of President Emmanuel Macron which would complete his stunning reset of national politics.
The new assembly is due to be transformed with a new generation of lawmakers -- younger, more female and more ethnically diverse -- winning seats in the afterglow of Macron’s success in last month’s presidential election.
The scale of the change is forecast to be so large that some observers have compared the overhaul to 1958, the start of the present presidential system, or even the post-war rebirth of French democracy in 1945.
It is also entirely unexpected: Macron was unknown three years ago and initially given little chance of emerging as president, but he and his 15-month-old Republique en Marche (Republic On the Move, (REM) party have tapped into widespread desire for change.
And yet despite the zest for renewal the vote has failed to generate much excitement.
Official statistics showed turnout at midday down more than three points over the last election in 2012 at 17.75 percent, revealing a degree of election fatigue. (AFP)