PARIS President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Monday promised to renew politics in France as final official results showed he had won the commanding parliamentary majority he wanted to push through his far-reaching pro-growth reforms.
Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party and its center-right Modem ally won 350 seats out of 577 in the lower house, the results showed after a vote that saw a record low turnout for a parliamentary poll in the postwar Fifth Republic.
Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said the high abstention rate — more than 50 percent of voters stayed at home — was a failure for the political class and highlighted the need to change politics in France.
“The real victory wasn’t last night, it will be in five years time when we have really changed things,” Castaner told RTL radio.
Though lower than forecast by pollsters in the run-up to the vote,…