Front National leader Marine Le Pen has won her first French parliamentary seat in a vote that was dominated by President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist movement En Marche! Le Pen addressed her political family and electorate immediately after the announcement of the results.
Le Pen wowed to protect the interests of regular French citizens: “in front of the bloc, representing the interests of the oligarchies, we are the only force of resistance”, said Le Pen in her address.
At eve of French legislative elections, the European Parliament has lifted Marine Le Pen’s immunity from prosecution in a defamation case. A leader of Front National party, and the chair of the group Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) in the European Parliament, she lost a presidential election in May to the centrist Emmanuel Macron.
The vote by simple raising hands on Thursday, Juny 15, (15.06.2017) in the European Parliament plenary session, allows French prosecutors to continue a defamation action against Marine Le Pen. After the strippiing immunity from Le Pen the European Parliament paved the way for the investigation, obliging Le Pen to accept the investigator’s requests and even detained for questioning, if necessary.
Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing and said she would answer any summons after the second round of the elections to National Assembly.
The parliament’s vote came after the conservative (Les Republicains) mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, filed suit against Le Pen for accusing him of associating with jihadists in 2015.
The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi a failed a lawsuit against Le Pen for slander for accusing him for being “an accomplise to jihadists” in a Europe1 TV talks-show.
The French President Emmanuel Macron brand new centrist party is close to an overwhelming majority in National Assembly after exit polls showed it topping the poll with 32% in the first round but with a low voter turnout. Less than half of electorate came to cast a ballot.
Macron’s centrist movement En Marche! set up a year ago go from zero to as many as 430 seats in the 577-seat French national assembly in alliance with the other centrist force MoDem of François Bayrou.
En Marche! victory would be one of the biggest majorities in post-war France. Meanwhile there is nothing to celebrate for two major political forces the centre-right Republicans and the Socialists, who are the biggest loses of #legislatives2017.
Marine Le Pen’s Front National will have just a few seats, the situation that provoked indignation of the prominent frontistes: “I’m scandalized that 11 million of French, who voted for Marine Le Pen, will not have adequate presentation in National Assembly” – said Nicolas Bay, General Secretary of the National Front.
Today French voters cast their ballots in the first round of a parliamentary election, while pundits expect the centrist President Emmanuel Macron to receive strong majority needed to carry out his ambitious economic and social reforms he proposed.
The vote to elect the lower house’s 577 members – National Assembly – falls a month after Macron, a 39-year-old former Rothschild banker with limited political experience, against the odds won the presidency of the fifth world largest economy.
Macron and his electorate hope to win a leading majority in next week’s second round, it will be another blow for the traditional parties on the right and left which failed to get a candidate into the presidential run-off.
“Politic is not mathematics (…) The legislative take place after the presidential (elections), they obviously are the consequent, amplifying the choice made by French during the presidential elections,” – said Macron’s rival Marine Le Pen, leading Front National party. According to this observation Macron can expect the necessary majority in National Assembly. Polls indicate Macron’s party En Marche! to win comfortable majority, they also predict next blow to two traditional parties, sharing power along the history of the Vth Republic – the Republicans (former) and the Socialists.
After a fiery election campaign imprinted by failure of the mainstreamed parties, the French public began to vote on Sunday, 7.04.2017 to elect their President. The campaign has been followed worldwide, and also interfered by outside politicians and hackers, while the two candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have been struggling for distinctively different, opposing, programs on future of France, and subsequently for the European continent.
Emmanuel Macron (39), a favorite of the establishment, supported by two major centrist parties, and incumbent President Hollande, is pro-EU, already well-received by German chancellor Angela Merkel, and phrased by the leaders of the EU institutions. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Emmanuel Macron with winning the first round, and wished the centrist well for the May 7 French presidential runoff against anti-EU National Front leader Marine Le Pen, Juncker’s spokesman said. The former US president Obama went even further, creating a promotion video in support of Macron.
Marine Le Pen (48) includes the referendum of the EU membership of France into her programme, promising to hold plebiscite in six months after ascending Élysée Palace. She also claims to follow the line of the founder of the Vth Republic General De Gaulle, stepping out of NATO in protest against the US dominance in the organisation. On contrast to globalist Macron, she stands for economic protectionism, return of the national borders, stopping illegal mass migration, and cultivating French identity in tradition of Enlightenment. Le Pen is loathed by the Brussels functionaries, not bothering to hide their animosity.
In an emotional interview with Bild am Sonntag ahead of celebrations to mark the European Union’s 60th anniversary, Juncker said: “The European Union will survive Marine Le Pen because she won’t become President. (…) And even if she did, it would not be the end of the European project. But it would certainly rock the boat. So I hope that pro-European forces will win in France.”
France’s electoral commission has given orders to mass-media to avoid publishing contents entire or partial of Emmanuel Macron‘s leaked campaign emails to protect election process from influencing.
Commission warned news outlets in France that journalists could face criminal charges for publishing or republishing the material, or quoting parts of it, under laws that came into effect at midnight forbidding any commentary liable to affect the presidential race.
There were fears the hack could change Sunday’s final vote, where Mr Macron leading En Marche!
movement was expected to comfortably beat Front National candidate Marine Le Pen
The Paris’ prosecutor’s office said no one was named in the complaint, which has triggered an inquiry into the suspected spread of false stories aimed at influencing the election.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen – the elections’ major contestants – meet in a decisive TV debate head to head before Sunday’s decisive second-round vote to choose France’s next president.
The debate is called ‘historical’ in many way, also because first time there are no representatives of two major political parties: Republicans (conservatives) and Socialists.
In spite of the call of both major political forces to drop the ballot in favor of Macron in a tactical vote to prevent Front National to ascend presidency, there is still a lot of deception and abstention awaited the day of elections on 7th May. Still a lot of French votes do not see as their future President neither of the uprunners.
Both candidates hope to attract votes from the candidates fallen out from race.