French 2nd Round Presidential Election: 7th May 2017
1 May 2017
Following his Presidential election victory, Emmanuel Macron has now named hiscabinet. The list represents a broad swathe across the political spectrum, although PM Edouard Philippe and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire both come from right of the political centre. Attention will now turn to National Assembly elections on 11/18 June. A recent Opinionway poll suggested that Macron’s République en Marche (REM) party will take 280-300 of the 535 (mainland) seats (of 577 in total). But France’s two stage system introduces more uncertainty to polling, and whether REM will gain an overall majority will at least partly depend on whether the Socialist vote collapses as it did in April.