UPDATE: Macron's party racks up dominant win in French parliamentary election
By William Horobin and Stacy Meichtry
Pro-Europe party crushes opposition
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, empowering him to carry out economic overhauls that are contentious at home but pivotal in persuading Germany and the European Union to insulate the common currency from shocks.
Macron's party, La République en Marche, and its centrist ally had won 350 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly in the second and final round of voting on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.
The victory for the staunchly pro-Europe movement undercuts nationalist forces that had appeared ascendant in the wake of the U.K.'s vote last year to leave the EU. Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front hoped to mount a robust opposition force after reaching the presidential runoff in May, but on Sunday her party landed only eight seats, not enough to guarantee space on parliamentary committees.
The vote also left the country's traditional parties on life support. The Socialists of former President François Hollande went from being a majority party to the edge of oblivion, notching 45 seats with their allies. The center-right Les Républicains and an ally finished a distant second to Macron's party, with 137 seats, according to the almost-complete count. That center-right alliance previously held 225 seats.
"By a wide majority, the French chose hope instead of anger," said Prime Minister Édouard Philippe.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/french-president-macron-set-for-convincing-victory-in-parliamentary-elections-1497809692?mod=mktw).
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