- Title: Polls indicate Macron's party to top French parliamentary election
- Date: 30th May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ACTIVIST FOR FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON'S PARTY "REPUBLIC ON THE MOVE" (LREM) HANDING OUT FLYERS AT METRO STATION CANDIDATE IN PARIS'S SIXTH CONSTITUENCY FOR LREM, PIERRE PERSON, ON CAMPAIGN POSTER WITH MACRON SHOPPERS WALKING THROUGH FRUIT MARKET TURNIPS VARIOUS OF SHOPPER BUYING LEMONS BROAD BEANS (SOUNDBITE) (French) RETIRED 67-YEAR-OLD VOTER, IRENA PLEWA, SAYING: "If we really want him to change something he needs a majority, otherwise you know full well that the president of France is almost like the queen of England, he doesn't have any power if he doesn't have a majority." SHOPPERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) 62-YEAR-OLD ARTIST CALLING HERSELF CHRISTINA SAYING: "If we really want him to be able to change things, even if that means shooting myself in the foot which is possible, but I want things to change, Macron needs everyone with him to be able to change everything, everything has to be changed. So even if I don't agree with his ideas, I'm going to vote for LREM." PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) MACRON WALKING DOWN STAIRCASE OF ELYSEE PALACE PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 30, 2017) (REUTERS) PERSON HANDING OUT LEAFLETS LEAFLETS (SOUNDBITE) (French) CANDIDATE IN PARIS'S SIXTH CONSTITUENCY FOR "REPUBLIC ON THE MOVE" (LREM), PIERRE PERSON, SAYING: "If we don't have a majority we'll be in a situation where we're stuck in the middle which will be damaging for France and, to be effective, the French voted for Emmanuel Macron so his manifesto could be implemented and with that in mind it's the job of parliamentarians who've been elected to make sure Emmanuel Macron's manifesto can be implemented." CANDIDATE IN PARIS'S SIXTH CONSTITUENCY FOR FRANCE UNBOWED, DANIELLE SIMONNET, HANDING OUT LEAFLETS AT MARKET LEAFLETS SIMONNET HANDING OUT LEAFLETS CAMPAIGN POSTERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) CANDIDATE IN PARIS'S SIXTH CONSTITUENCY FOR FRANCE UNBOWED, DANIELLE SIMONNET, SAYING: "To be honest, since the beginning of this campaign we have more and more men and women who come to join us. When Jean-Luc Melenchon came to support us in (nearby neighbourhood) Menilmontant it was heaving with people even though it was only 5 p.m., when we go knocking on doors, we're getting lots of responses. I really think there's much more energy behind that than behind supporting a government which as soon as it was appointed showed that Mr. Macron was all about spin." MELENCHON ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MELENCHON
- Embargoed: 13th June 2017 15:33
- Keywords: Macron election French parliamentary poll majority
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J16S07
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The party of French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to top upcoming parliamentary elections, a poll published on Tuesday (May 30) showed.
The Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll gave Macron's new Republic on the Move (LREM) party and its centrist ally 29.5 percent of the vote in the first round on June 11, beating the conservative Republicans on 22 percent and the far-right National Front on 18 percent.
The numbers confirm other polls which suggest the French want to hand their newly-elected president a parliamentary majority to implement reforms including to the labour market, pensions and the moral credibility of politicians.
In a bustling market in Paris's sixth constituency -- a traditionally working class neighbourhood in the city's east -- politics was in the air on Tuesday.
The LREM candidate is youthful former advisor to Macron himself Pierre Person, who said he expects the people to back his party to give Macron's government teeth.
But the constituency is contested by some big beasts including former Ecologist party minister Cecile Duflot and Danielle Simonnet of "France unbowed", the far-left breakthrough party of Jean-Luc Melenchon.
"There's much more energy behind that (their movement) than behind supporting a government which as soon as it was appointed showed that Mr Macron was all about spin," Simonnet told Reuters.
The election's second round decider is on June 18.
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