Left wing likely to get majority


France’s left wing parties look set to take a majority in the National Assembly after yesterday’s first round legislative election.

President François Hollande’s Socialist Party (PS) looked set to pick up 34.4% of the vote, but with their left wing allies would have 46.9% of the vote. Projections published in France 24 and produced by Ipsos-Logica Business Consulting suggest that this will give the left between 270 and 300 seats; they need 289 seats for a majority.

The centre right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and their allies look set to take around 210 to 240 seats with 34.6% of the vote.

Low voter turnout appears to have prevented the right wing National Front (FN) from making any inroads although they did come in as the third largest party with around 13.5% of the vote.

The second and final round of the election takes place next Sunday 17th June.

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