French elect parliament as polls forecast Macron landslide

By REUTERS
June 11, 2017 04:05
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French voters head to the polls on Sunday for the first of two rounds of a parliamentary election expected to give new President Emmanuel Macron a solid majority that should allow him to carry out far-reaching reforms.

Just a month after the 39-year old ex-banker defied the odds to be elected to the head of the euro zone's second-largest economy, opinion polls forecast his one-year old party will top voting this Sunday and win most seats in the June 18 run-off.

"We want a big majority to be able to act and transform France over the next five years," Mounir Mahjoubi, a junior minister in Macron's government, told Reuters as he was canvassing for support in the northern Paris constituency where he is a candidate.

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