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Macron’s Gender-Equal Ticket Set For Landslide Victory In France

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

French President Emmanuel Macron looks set to secure another landslide victory in the parliamentary elections June 11.

The daily Ipsos Steria poll put Macron’s newly-formed Republique En Marche party at 31 percent Sunday. The conservative Republicans are second with 22 percent followed by the populist National Front at 18 percent.

The growing support is likely enough to receive an absolute majority, which would allow him to push his agenda through parliament. Pollsters predict the party will win between 330 and 360 seats in the lower house of the parliament. There are 577 seats total in the chamber, one for each constituency.

Macron ran as an independent “centrist” in the presidential election. The party formed shortly after the May 7 victory against National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Half of the more than 500 En Marche candidates are women, and the ticket is made up of people from both sides of the aisle.

The only major setback for Macron is an investigation into Richard Ferrand, the minister for territorial planning, who is accused of nepotism. Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon was an early front-runner in the race but finished in third place after suffering a similar scandal.

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