MACRON BLOW: President dealt a huge defeat in senate vote as popularity plummets

Monday, September 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron suffered his first major electoral setback when his Republic on the Move party won fewer seats than expected in elections for the French Senate.

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The vote, in which about 171 of the Senate’s 348 seats were up for grabs, consolidated the Senate’s existing conservative majority.

And the nation’s socialist party, which was crushed in last June’s legislative elections, also did well in the vote.

Mr Macron’s new party won vote 23 seats in the vote.

The results could complicate Mr Macron’s plans for constitutional reforms and come as his popularity is declining, just four months after he swept to victory in the election in May.

His approval ratings have dropped considerably in opinion polls, dragged down by labour reforms and planned budget cuts, including a decrease in housing aid for students.

Thousands of people in France took to the streets yesterday to protest against the president’s unpopular labour reforms in central Paris.

His party, which hoped to win 40-50 Senators, ended up securing 23, and will be counting on alliances with lawmakers from other parties to back the government on a case by case basis.

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