Macron eyes legislative elections after landslide victory in French presidential polls

| Updated: May 09, 2017 09:20 IST

New York [U.S.A.], May 9 (ANI): After a landslide victory that handed him the reins to the world's sixth-largest economy, French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is now looking to use his popularity to win seats for his party En Marche! in legislative elections, in little over a month from now. 39-year-old Macaron stepped down as leader of En Marche! to concentrate on his new job. He'll be replaced by Catherine Barbaron. The movement will be renamed as 'La Republique En Marche' on July 15. The independent centrist beat rival Marine Le Pen from the far-right National Front party with a decisive 66.1 percent of the ballots in Sunday's presidential vote, official figures show. Macron founded En Marche! less than a year ago. En Marche! campaign manager Richard Ferrand says the organisation has so far managed to attract 2,85,000 members, CNN reports. Ferrand says the party plans to compete in all 577 parliamentary seats. Having served as economy minister for two years as his most senior role, Sunday's results mark a meteoric rise for the former investment banker, who at 39 will become France's youngest-ever president.(ANI)
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