9 May 2017

Victorious Emmanuel Macron plots phase two of plan to change France

France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, has begun the battle to win a parliamentary majority in legislative elections next month, the crucial next step if he is to deliver his his pro-business policy promises, including loosening France’s strict regulations on labour law.

Sunday’s vote underlined France’s social divisions, with Macron popular among better-paid, middle-class voters in cities with higher education degrees, and Le Pen ahead among blue-collar workers. Macron took his biggest scores in Paris and the surrounding area, Ile de France. Le Pen topped the poll in the northern areas of the Aisne and Pas-de-Calais that have seen deindustrialisation and high unemployment.