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Marine Le Pen labels Macron’s parliamentary win ‘weak’ due to low voter turnout


MARINE Le Pen has taken aim at Emmanuel Macron, claiming low voter turnout in the second round of the French legislative election lessened the legitimacy of the parliament. Her partner and party deputy Louis Aliot won his seat in south western France.Votes are still being counted but her Front National (FN) party is expected to fall short of the threshold of 15 seats needed to form a group in the parliament, which would grant it greater access to finance and speaking time.

Ms Le Pen said: “Its a scandal that our party that picked 7.6million votes in the first round of the presidential election and three million more in the second round, cannot form a group in the French parliament.” Her political ally, Gilbert Collard who won his seat in the nation’s southeast, said FN will need to seriously think about how the party is organised.He said: “We should not claim victory because we suffered quite a blow.”We are going to need to think seriously about… how we are organised.

“According to the results so far, France has elected a record number of women into parliament.A total of 156 women have been voted in as MPs, more than ever before and with 148 seats yet to be decided. The previous record was in 2012, which saw 155 women elected, which made up 26.9 per cent of the total parliament.

French voters have cast their ballots to elect 577 lawmakers to the country’s National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with polling stations open from 8am to 6pm local time (from 7am to 5pm BST) across most of France – with several major cities’s voting closing at 8 pm local time (7pm BST).Speaking about her plans for French parliament, Ms Le Pen said: “We shall fight with all our strength [against] the harmful projects of the government, which is only in place to implement the roadmap sent by Brussels.”. 00FastNews. New source of news.