French President Emmanuel Macron watched on Sunday as his Ensemble! Party was reduced to a minority of seats in Parliament, denying him the ruling majority he has enjoyed throughout most of his presidency. On the receiving end of voters’ goodwill was Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party, which performed better than ever before, and will send 89 candidates to the National Assembly, 81 more than ever before. Kurt Zindulka reports for Breitbart:
Just under two months after securing a second term as President of France, Emmanuel Macron and his Ensemble! coalition have suffered a disastrous result in the final round of voting in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, securing just 245 seats, far short of the 289 necessary to maintain a governing majority and at the low end of polling projections leading up to the vote.
The night’s true victor — at least in terms of exceeding expectations — was perhaps Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN), which saw a surprising result of 89 candidates elected to the National Assembly, the most in the history of the party, including its predecessor National Front.
Le Pen’s party, which previously only boasted eight representatives, will now have enough representation to form a parliamentary group, providing a major boost to the party in terms of prominence in the national discussion and the ability to fundraise.
Commenting from across the English Channel, Brexit leader Nigel Farage said: “A big night for Marine Le Pen. The dam will break in the end,” referencing the potential for populists to finally gain control of the Élysée Palace and win the French presidency.
The huge upset at the parliamentary level for the National Rally comes after the party secured the largest vote share in the history of the party in a presidential election in April, in which Le Pen received 41.5 per cent of the vote share.
By Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart
If you’re willing to fight for Main Street America, click here to sign up for my free weekly email.