France

Socialists take overall majority


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The Socialist Party (PS) along with its Presidential Majority allies took 333 seats following the second round of the National Assembly elections yesterday.

The Socialists on their own took 272 seats over the two rounds, just short of an overall majority of 289 seats on their own. Their allies include the Europe Ecology – The Greens, who won 16 seats, the Radical Party of the Left (PRG) who took 13 seats, the Left Front who took 10 seats and the Miscellaneous Left (a range of candidates from the left, smaller parties and independent left candidates) who won 22 seats.

The Union for a Popular Front (UMP) and their allies took 224 seats with the National Front (FN) taking two seats.

The result, which is still subject to final confirmation, gives President François Hollande the majority he needed to carry out his policy platform. It will also strengthen his hand when he comes to negotiating with the European Union over his plans for growth in the EU.

The Socialists now have control of the National Assembly (lower house), the Senate (upper house) and 21 of 22 regions.

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