UPDATE: France's Macron To Review Line-Up After Parliament Win

PARIS (Alliance News) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ...

Alliance News 19 June, 2017 | 1:15PM
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PARIS (Alliance News) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will review the government line-up after their clear win in parliamentary elections, government spokesman Christophe Castaner said on Monday.

"They will take some hours [or] some days to finalize the new government but ... it will be a technical reshuffle," Castaner told broadcaster BFMTV.

Meanwhile, final results of Sunday's elections published by the Interior Ministry showed Macron's La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move, LREM) and allies taking 350 seats in 577-member National Assembly.

The centre-right Les Republicains and allies have 131 seats, while the Socialist Party of Macron's predecessor, Francois Hollande, have plummeted to 44 including centre-left allies.

The radical left La France Insoumise of defeated presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 17 seats - enough to form a parliamentary bloc - while Melenchon's one-time allies in the Communist Party took 10.

But the far-right National Front took only eight seats despite winning 13% of the vote in last week's first round.

That is short of the 15 needed to form a bloc, meaning that Marine Le Pen's party will have limited speaking rights and influence on the parliamentary agenda.

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