French Socialists Expected to Dominate Parliamentary Elections

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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France holds a run-off parliamentary election Sunday in which President Francois Hollande's Socialists are expected to win a solid majority in the 577-member National Assembly, even without adding seats from its Green Party allies.

Opinion polls and seat projections from last Sunday's first-round vote suggest the Socialist block could achieve at least 287 seats in the lower house of parliament. France's Senate, the upper house of parliament, is already under left-wing control.

Analysts say that will allow Mr. Hollande to enact measures he hopes will help curb unemployment and kick-start the eurozone's second-largest economy.

Mr. Hollande unseated conservative Nicolas Sarkozy in a May 6 runoff election. The new president needs lawmakers' support to persuade European Union leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to focus on spurring economic growth rather than enforcing further austerity in struggling European economies.