En Marche coup

The Trader

In yesterday’s final round of the French general election President Macron’s La République en Marche party won a decisive majority with 350 of a total 577 seats in parliament. Outgoing socialists managed to hang on to a paltry 44 of the 284 seats they had; centre-right didn’t fare that much better winning 137 of the 199 they had. Once again what might be said is that the public is not voting for the status quo – in fact, many of them are not voting at all with a record low turnout of 42.6 per cent.

This morning in Brussels David Davis and Michel Barnier – plus teams for each side – will face each other across the table as they will do monthly from now until Brexit. Every lobby group in town has a list of lengthy (and often impossible) items for consideration, their whinging and whining sounding increasingly like spoilt kids.

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