Parliamentary control next hurdle for French president Macron as scandal and inflation bite

Mr Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second five-year term as France's president with 58 per cent of the popular vote. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - France's new government has started this work week with one purpose: Ensure that the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron retains its majority in the parliamentary elections scheduled for June.

However, the Cabinet of newly appointed Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is already struggling to contain a scandal involving a minister accused of rape. And latest opinion polls indicate that a far-left opposition movement could deprive President Macron of his parliamentary control.

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