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France votes in final round of parliamentary elections


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France votes in final round of parliamentary elections

Sunday is the final round of voting in French parliamentary elections and Socialist president Francois Hollande is hoping his party wins a decisive victory.

An absolute majority would allow Hollande the freedom to implement his manifesto.

Some believe a Socialist win is a foregone conclusion, which may contribute to another low turnout, like in the the previous round a week ago which saw a record low of 57 percent.

“This vote is absolutely useless, because the games are done. The Socialists will have a relative majority at least, and more likely an absolute majority. Everybody knows it, so the abstention rate will be huge,” said one man outside a polling station in Paris.

Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal, who is the ex-partner and mother of the president’s children, recently found her relationship with the president’s current partner Valérie Trierweiler under the spotlight. Trierweiler posted a message of support for Royal’s electoral opponent on social networking site Twitter.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National have not held parliamentary seats since the late 1980s, but are hoping to capitalise on the 18 percent she got in the first round of the presidential election.

Le Pen’s niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen is one of five far-right candidates who has a chance of winning a parliamentary seat on Sunday. The 22-year-old law student is running in Carpentras in the south of France. She is also the grand-daughter of Front National party-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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