Continuing the discussion from Centrist Macron thrashes far-right Le Pen in French presidential election:
Well, the first round was last night, and it seems like they’ve massively exceeded my expectations. They’re in line to win one of the largest parliamentary majorities since the war. For a party that didn’t exist prior to this election this has to go down as one of the greatest political achievements Europe has seen.
Only thing that tempers the result somewhat is the incredibly low turnout (a record low of 49%), obviously they had a lot of motivated voters, but they possibly wouldn’t have done as well with a larger turnout. Though even then, they still would have been the main party with the support of Le Republicains.
Macron now has the ammunition to implement whatever reforms he wants basically, only question remains will he be able to bring the unions with him, or whether there’ll be large scale strikes and civil unrest, my money is on the latter.
Le Pen looks set to win a seat for the first time, FN will increase their total seats from 3, but doesn’t look like they’ll hit the threshold of 15 required to have any input in terms of the opposition.