19.06.2017 | Marine Le Pen labels Macron’s parliamentary win ‘weak’ due to low voter turnout
Source - The Daily Express
An exit poll released at 8pm local time (7pm BST) on Sunday has predicted Mr Macron's party will have a landslide victory with 352 seats along with its ally Mouvement Democrate.
The Interior Ministry said voter turnout stood at 35.33 per cent at 5 pm local time (4pm BST) – an hour before polling stations closed around most of the country.
Ms Le Pen said: “We observe the state of weariness and boredom from politics. The abstention weakens legitimacy of the elected parliament.”
Ms Le Pen won her seat in French parliament for the first time – after five previous attempts – but her righthand man, Florian Philippot, failed to be elected in Moselle, in eastern France.
Her partner and party deputy Louis Aliot won his seat in south western France.
Votes are still being counted but her Front National (FN) party is expected to fall short of the threshold of 15 seats needed to form a group in the parliament, which would grant it greater access to finance and speaking time.
Ms Le Pen said: "Its a scandal that our party that picked 7.6million votes in the first round of the presidential election and three million more in the second round, cannot form a group in the French parliament.”
Her political ally, Gilbert Collard who won his seat in the nation’s southeast, said FN will need to seriously think about how the party is organised.
He said: "We should not claim victory because we suffered quite a blow.
"We are going to need to think seriously about... how we are organised."
According to the results so far, France has elected a record number of women into parliament.
A total of 156 women have been voted in as MPs, more than ever before and with 148 seats yet to be decided.