French President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party and its allies look set to win a majority in the National Assembly after final results from Sunday’s first round legislative elections.
An outright win in this weekend’s runoff (June 17)would clear the way for Hollande to push through his spending plans without major hurdles.
The left block totaled almost 47 percent of the vote in round one. The centre-right UMP and partners took 34 percent. Despite winning around 14 percent, France’s far-right National Front will likely take no more than three seats in the assembly.
Together, the Socialists and allies look set to take between 283 and 329 seats. For an outright majority, they would need 289 seats.
The head of the Socialist party Martine Aubry told French radio that voters wanted to give a signal of confidence to Francois Hollande and they “wanted to give him the means to act.”
France’s upper Senate already is already controlled by the left. After last month’s presidential win, France’s Socialists are keen to boost turnout for Sunday’s runoff vote to ensure that they can take ultimate control of French politics.