France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron awaiting Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez for a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Nobel Peace Prize winner and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos starts a three-day visit to Paris for talks on cooperation.
PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron's party, which includes untested novices, is set to sweep into the lower house of the French parliament, holding a clear majority of seats after winning an overwhelming victory in Sunday's elections and clinching the young leader's hold on power. Macron fulfilled his wish to disrupt politics as usual with a new approach and new faces -- a farmer, a teacher and a math genius among them. But he may be getting more than he bargained for with the entry into parliament of loud voices from the ultra-left, and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Both promise to fight his plans to overhaul French labor laws, one of the touchiest subjects in France. "Through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger," said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, reiterating his "total" determination to work on major reforms in the coming months.
FILE- In this July 20, 2017 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron await for a diner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron wants to formalize the role of the president's wife amid controversy over the cost and status of the first lady. The president's office is preparing a formal communication in coming days, Brigitte Macron's office said Tuesday. As Macron's popularity drops in polls, more than 270,000 people have signed a petition in the past few weeks against the plan to grant a tax-funded budget to finance the president's wife activities.
People wave French flags from a street lamp at the Louvre museum where Emmanuel Macron is planning to celebrate, Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Paris. Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a central pillar of the European Union.