French President Emmanuel Macron’s center-right En Marche!
party secured enough seats in parliamentary elections to secure a parliamentary majority, despite an early vote for Mr. Macron’s centre-left Democratic Party of France (PDC).
The vote was called for Monday night and a majority of seats were declared.
Mr. Macron’s victory came as the PDC, which has governed France since 1981, faces a political crisis amid the scandal surrounding the party’s alleged influence on the 2015 election, which the party blamed on an alleged corruption scandal.
“It’s a great victory,” said the PDM’s Jean-Christophe Blaise, who said the party would hold a special session to discuss the results.
Mr, Blaite said the victory could pave the way for a future in power for the PDP, which won a second term in 2018.
He said it was clear that the party was ready to move forward.
“We will continue to fight,” Mr. Blaize said, speaking at a news conference.
“I think the time is right to go ahead with this process and not to delay.”
The party is set to hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss next steps.
A day earlier, the PDC said it would hold its first-ever parliamentary election on Saturday, and called on voters to show their support for the party in the run-up to the vote.
Mr Blaime said the PDEC had been preparing for the vote since the fall.
“Our position has been clear since early September: we will not be intimidated, we will work as a team and we will fight,” he said.
In France, elections are often seen as a referendum on the president and his government.
The country’s first-past-the-post system ensures that only the top two candidates in the election are elected, and Mr. Blancais presidency is by far the most popular one.
In a poll conducted by Ipsos last month, only 36 per cent of respondents said they would vote for a candidate of the other party, compared with 63 per cent who said they’d vote for the PDP.
In the last election, Mr. Delacroix led the PPD in the polls, but he won only 29.7 per cent to 39.9 per cent.
The PDC was not able to hold the polls as it was embroiled in a corruption scandal that was widely seen as being linked to the 2016 presidential race, in which the former French president, Emmanuel Macron, won the race by a margin of more than two percentage points.
Mr Blancais has faced criticism from his party, including from the PDCP, for not using a strong message of unity in his campaign, which also included promises to fight climate change and to restore jobs.
Mr Delacros election was widely expected to have a negative impact on the country’s economy and was widely described as a vote of confidence in Mr Macron, who is widely seen in France as a strong leader and a potential savior for the country.
The election has been marred by allegations of vote rigging, which were widely seen to be carried out by supporters of the far-right National Front, which emerged as France’s most popular political party in 2017.
The party has since been disbanded and its leader, Marine Le Pen, is seeking to be the next president of France.
The PDC has not commented on Mr. Trichet’s victory.
Mr Macron’s ruling Socialist Party has held power since the late 1970s, when the country was split between its two main political parties, led by Jacques Chirac and Lionel Jospin, respectively.
In 2018, the party took power with a popular mandate, and has governed with a relatively moderate tone since then.
But the PDCs popularity has plummeted in recent years, and a series of scandals involving the party have forced the party to seek the support of a new centrist faction, which will not represent the party leader.
In recent months, Mr Macron has been struggling to overcome his political and economic challenges, but his support among the public remains high.
According to polls released last week, a majority in the country wants to see Mr. Plouffe resign from his post as president, but only 37 per cent support the idea of a general election to choose a new president.
Mr Plouff’s office has denied the allegations.
With files from The Canadian Press