La Republique en Marche party members react after the announcement of the partial official results and polling agencies projections in the final round of parliamentary elections are announced at the party headquarters, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Partial official results show President Macron’s new centrist party with clear lead in parliamentary election.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

German government officials are celebrating the clear victory of President Emmanuel Macron’s party in France’s parliamentary election.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, wrote Sunday on Twitter that “France now has a strong president with a strong majority in parliament.” Altmaier added: “Good for Europe and for Germany!”

The German Foreign Ministry quoted Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Twitter as saying that “the road is clear for reforms, in France and in Europe.”

Germany and France have the eurozone’s two biggest economies and are the traditional motor of European integration.

With 82 percent of the votes counted, Macron’s party had 42 percent of the vote, the conservative Republicans 22 percent, the far-right National Front 10 percent and the Socialists only 6 percent.

Source: Associated Press

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