Macron’s candidate re-elected to represent French community in Benelux

Macron’s candidate re-elected to represent French community in Benelux
Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade with Emmanuel Macron. Credit: Facebook.

French President Emmanuel Macron lost his party’s overall majority in the French Parliament on Sunday night after the second round of France’s legislative elections. However, French expats residing in the Benelux region elected Macron’s man Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade to represent them.

Anglade won 55.15% of the votes and beat Cécilia Gondard from NUPES, the progressive coalition of socialists, greens and leftists, who secured 44.85% of the votes. In Brussels, Anglade obtained 51.02%, while Gondard got 48.98%.

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“Thank you! A huge thank you to the French men and women of Benelux who clearly place their trust in me for a new term in the National Assembly,” said the Ensemble! candidate on Twitter Sunday evening.

While a clear majority opted for Macron over his rival Marine Le Pen during the French presidential elections, French voters in Belgium were far more divided in who should represent them during the French legislative elections, particularly in Brussels, which saw a close race with Englade edging Gondard by only 2%.

The Benelux constituency is one of the eleven legislative constituencies for French people who live outside of France. It was created in 2010 following constitutional reform in 2008 to allow French expats to elect MPs to the French Parliament.

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