France's Le Pen calls for orderly debate after FN's lukewarm election showing

20 Juin, 2017, 16:59 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen casts her vote in a ballot box at a polling station during the second round of the French presidential election in Henin Beaumont France

The task for Le Pen is whether she can transform her party's growing popularity into more votes and real power.

Asked if she should quit he said: "Yes, I think so". According to Reuters, France's two-round voting system in both presidential and parliamentary elections has traditionally impeded the National Front, which seeks a more proportional system of voting.

But after qualifying for the second round of the presidential election back in April pollsters had predicted her National Front (FN) party could win as many as 50 seats in the National Assembly.

"Its a scandal that our party that picked 7.6 million votes in the first round of the presidential election and three million more in the second round, can not form a group in the French parliament", said Le Pen.

Plus parliamentary groups are granted more speaking time when it comes to government questions as well as a role in setting the parliamentary and influential committee positions.

In the legislative poll, her party scooped up eight seats in the 577-seat chamber, a four-fold increase on the previous parliament but much less than it hoped for and not enough to form a parliamentary group.

But Collard accepted it wasn't a good night for his party.

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The FN leader is now a lawmaker in the European Parliament but was clear about her hopes of winning a legislative seat in France for the first time.

Marine Le Pen reached the second round of the presidential election, capturing the support of voters increasingly disillusioned with mainstream parties, but was soundly beaten by centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off.

The party has a particular populist appeal in France's northern rustbelt, which is dotted with shut-down factories and mines.

But the result has widely been regarded as a political drubbing to an already bruised Le Pen.

She was roundly criticised for a poor performance in a brutal TV debate with Macron days before the presidential runoff that potentially cost her votes.

Louis Aliot and Marine Le Pen will definitely want to weigh in the debates of the National Assembly, while their political weight remains relative - and even extremely limited.

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