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Academic MPs win big for Macron in National Assembly

President Emmanuel Macron’s party gained a majority in the French National Assembly elections, with 12 of his party’s 303 MPs drawn from the ranks of academia.

The results following elections on 18 June completely changed the face of France’s 577-seat lower house. The Republicans and the Socialist Party—the centre-right and centre-left parties that had dominated French politics for decades—were swept aside by La République En Marche!, the party founded by Macron in April 2016.

The Republicans were reduced to 113 MPs, down from 199, while the Socialist Party won only 30 seats, down from 280 in the 2012 National Assembly elections. The centrist Modem party, which formed an alliance with LREM, won 45 National Assembly seats, up from two.

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