Results of the parliamentary elections in France: are there more questions than answers?

The results of the second round of parliamentary elections have solidified the position of the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.

It should be noted that the Macron party "En Marche!" won the majority of seats in the French parliament (308 out of 577 mandates). In addition, the allied centrist party "Democratic Movement" (MoDem) has 42 additional mandates. As a result, the current composition of the National Assembly has got an absolute pro-presidential majority.

On the one hand, the leftists from "Unconquered France," Republicans and Socialists can create parliamentary coalitions. However, the numerical superiority of the presidential party leaves no chance for other participants in the political process to significantly influence the decision making process. Paradoxically as it may sound, the today's conditions provide the new president of France with all the power he can get in the democratic governance system. By the way, the West has often criticized the countries of Central Asia in the recent period. Those who find the traits of Bonapartism in the current alignment of political forces are also close to the truth. Thus, after the elections, all the state power is concentrated in the hands of Macron, limited only by the civil society and informal mechanisms of checks and balances.

At the same time, the current elections revealed a serious political crisis of French parliamentary parties. On the one hand, the bipartisan "socialist Republicans" system that has functioned for the last 70 years is off the political stage. It should be mentioned that Socialists, who in the past convened more than 300 mandates, have, according to the election results, received only 29 seats in the lower house. Republicans have a slightly better situation with 113 mandates. At the same time, the low turnout in the French elections should also be pointed out. On the other hand, about half of the deputies of the victorious party "En Marche!" are not experienced in politics, which brings a serious element of uncertainty in the functioning of the French parliament of the new convocation.