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>> The honeymoon goes on for French President Emmanuel Macron, sweeping aside traditional parties to secure a parliamentary majority in Sunday's vote. That allowing him to push ahead with his pledge of pro-growth reforms as Reuters Andy explains, French unions could be the main opposition.>> If he can handle the discussions with them well over the labor reforms and not come over too hardline and not be seen to be rushing things through too much, we could see the labor reforms going through without too much trouble.
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However, this is France, a lot of people are opposed to the labor reforms so there's always the possibility of people on the streets.>> Macron plans to save $65 billion over the next five years by cutting the number of public servants, reforming the labor market and pension schemes.
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The President's centrist En Marche party and its center-right ally winning 350 seats out of 577 in the lower house. Voter turnout though at a record low, more than 50% of people staying at home, underlying the need for Macron to tread carefully.>> The low turnout is not such a huge surprise really when you consider that in presidential election, approaching half of the people who voted, voted either for the extreme right or for the extreme left.
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So that suggests that when you're a centrist, you haven't necessarily got all of France behind you.>> Nonetheless, it's an impressive victory for a party that didn't exist two years ago, and for a man who's never held elected office.