The long road ahead for poll star Macron

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With 97 per cent of votes counted in Sunday's poll, Macron's year-old La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move, LREM) gained 285 seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, French defense minister Sylvie Goulard and Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier, right, watch demonstration flights as part of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017. His prime minister, Edouard Philippe, described the result as one of "hope over anger" and therein lies the biggest threat to Macron's presidency.

President Macron's party didn't exist until he dreamed it up, and half of the new parliamentarians will need lessons (literally) in how to do their jobs.

The election saw a record number of women voted into parliament, due largely to Macron's decision to field a gender-balanced candidate list.

Ferrand had been hit by question marks over a 2011 rental deal that the health insurance association he then headed struck with his partner, but another Macron ally denied that the predicted move was a punishment.

"For the first time in the Fifth Republic, there will be a profound renewal of the National Assembly".

Even though it failed to realize the most optimistic forecasts of winning up to 470 seats, the party has given the 39-year-old President one of France's biggest parliamentary majorities since World War II, setting the stage for his plans to carry out wide-ranging business-friendly reforms.

Just as France has its youngest ever president, the average age of lawmakers also drops sharply, from 54 in the outgoing parliament to 48 in the new assembly.

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The Republicans and their allies fared better, hanging on to 130 seats, down from over 200 in the last parliament, and remaining the main opposition party.

The far-right Front National, which now has two seats in parliament, was predicted to win up to eight seats, better than its first-round showing had indicated.

French president Emmanuel Macron's parliamentary majority comes just weeks after his own presidential victory.

"Normally political parties allocate women seats that are nearly impossible to win, so they can say 'hey, we have as many female candidates as male, ' but at the end of the day they never end up winning", added Poirson, who has no prior parliamentary experience but has master's degrees in political science from both Harvard and the London School of Economics. The number of women in parliament is expected to rise sharply.

And never before - at least not since Charles de Gaulle in 1958 - has a head of state had such a powerful majority, made up of men and women who depend on him so personally for their new careers.

Melenchon's hard-left France Unbowed won 17 seats as it also struggled to maintain the momentum it had during the presidential election.

"In face of a bloc that represents the interests of the oligarchy, we are the only force of resistance", Le Pen said, adding that "abstention weakens the legitimacy of [Macron's] term". The center-right Republicans and their allies came in second with 135 seats, and the center-left Socialists took 49 seats.

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