French legislative elections: Voter reactions

French legislative elections: Voter reactions
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French newspapers claimed the Socialist party’s outright win in legislative elections would given them ‘carte blanche’ to carry out their promises to voters.

Sunday’s second-round poll gives the leftist party control of the national assembly as well as the Senate, which they won last year.

President Francois Hollande promised French voters that he would raise the minimum wage, recruit thousands of new teachers and unwind pension reforms for some workers.

There’s been much anticipation about Hollande’s plans not just from France but also around the world, especially as the eurozone debt crisis has forced other European leaders to focus on austerity.

On the streets of Paris, some people that euronews spoke with were hopeful the Socialists could bring economic growth.

“It’s time to get to work. They have won the ‘grand slam’. I hope they will do something good so that we can clean up the country,” said one man.

Another said: “We have suffered several years of Nicolas Sarkozy. It’s about time that things changed.”

But some were worried that the true extent of France’s debt problems were only now going to come to light that both the presidential and leglislative elections are over.

“I’m very curious about what will happen, what they have in store for us,” said one Parisian. “I think that certain things have not been said and now, it’s the hour of truth.”

Giovanni Magi, our correspondent in Paris says: “The Socialist Party has conquered France. It has not only won the presidency but also the majority in the national assembly. The conditions are now in place to implement electoral reforms promised to voters. And that’s what public expects now.”

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