Macron party suffered its first electoral setback in French Senate vote

Vastavam web: French President Emmanuel Macron’s new centrist political party has suffered its first electoral setback in Senate elections in which the right-wing Republicans party strengthened its dominance in the upper chamber of parliament.Results from the vote to renew 171 of 348 seats left the French president’s Republic on the Move party (LREM) with a group of only 28 senators.But after a week in which he signed into law one of his signature economic reforms an overhaul of rigid French labour laws — a new survey Sunday brought more positive news.
A poll published in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper showed 45 per cent of respondents approved of his presidency, up from 40 per cent last month.French senators are elected by 76,000 local and national lawmakers, not the general public, which put LREM at a disadvantage because the party was only formed in April 2016 and is not implanted nationwide.The Republicans were the main winners, now set for 159 seats after the election, up from 142 presently. “It’s really good news,” senior figure Bruno Retailleau commented before the final results.
Laurent Wauquiez, a candidate for presidency of the Republicans, welcomed the result as a “first warning” for Macron.The Socialists limited the damage despite their crushing defeat in the presidential and legislative elections, and returned 81 senators, a loss of five seats.It propelled him to victory as France’s youngest-ever president, and it won a landslide in the parliament’s far more important lower house in June.