France votes for the fourth time in eight weeks


French voters will go to the polls for the fourth time this year in what is the second and final round of the legislative elections.

The first two rounds were to elect a president in which François Hollande the Socialist Party candidate was the successful candidate. His party looks set to win the elections for the 577 seat National Assembly.

An opinion poll published late last week by Ipsos – Logica Business Consulting puts the Socialist bloc on between 284 and 313 seats. They need 289 seats for an overall majority.

In the first round of voting 36 seats were declared where one candidate achieved more than 50% of the vote. Of those 36 seats 25 were won by the Socialists. Today the remaining 541 seats will vote once more; of those 34 seats will see three way contests and in the remaining seats it will be a two way contest.

There are 46,083,260 electors voting between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.

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