France's Macron to reshuffle government after parliament win

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"We are the only force of resistance to the dilution of France, of its social model and its identity", Le Pen said, claiming the mainstream opposition parties were but "satellites" of the Macron power structure. "The president of the Republic has all the powers", Jean-Christophe Cambadelis said late on Sunday after announcing he would step down as Socialist Party chief.

The Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing Assembly, was flattened by the unpopularity of former President Francois Hollande.

Record low voter turnout suggested France's new leader, the youngest since Napoleon, would need to proceed cautiously with reforms in a country where trade unions and street protests have in the past forced new legislation to be diluted.

With a strong working majority now confirmed in the National Assembly, Macron's chances of spearheading reform look better than those of past leaders.

French President Emmanuel Macron is seated in the cockpit of an Airbus A400M turboprop transport plane before taking off from Villacoublay military airbase near Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017. The seat, formerly held by Thierry Mariani, a member of The Republicans party, was won by Anne Genetet, the candidate of Republique en marche (REM).

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Last year Denis Baupin resigned as vice-president of the National Assembly after being accused of sexual harassment by fellow politicians.

He was immediately renamed to his job and is in charge of forming a government by Wednesday afternoon, the French presidency said in a statement. In the space of fourteen months Macron has pulled off arguably the most extraordinary political result in modern times, becoming president at the age of 39 and winning a comprehensive parliamentary majority with a party composed of political novices.

"He will also face an enormous amount of resistance on the ground from the vested interests of the trade unions which still wield an enormous amount of influence, and could make life very hard for the inexperienced new President and his party", said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK. Yet Macron has been handed a firm mandate to rule and will have little difficulty getting proposals like labour market liberalisation and public spending cuts through parliament. She will sit in parliament for the first time after four attempts in the past to win a seat. REM by itself, with 308 seats, has well over the 289 needed for an absolute majority. The number of female lawmakers is the highest ever in France's lower house of parliament, reaching 38.7 percent - up from 26.8 percent.

Le Pen on Monday praised Sunday's vote as "historic" result but denounced an "anti-democratic voting system" that she says doesn't represent the "real weight" of her far-right party in the country. One of the tasks ahead is to "avoid a mess" in the La Republique en Marche, which is an assembly of people with different political views who are disillusioned with traditional parties on the left and right, as well as of people with no political experience at all.

She expressed irritation at bickering among party officials, much of which focused on her close aide and deputy Florian Philippot, architect of her anti-euro economic policy that gives state intervention a big role.

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