The left has scored well in the first round of French parliamentary elections, leaving the Socialist party within reach of an absolute majority that would give François Hollande, the president, a free hand in his approach to dealing with the economic crisis.The Socialists need 289 out of the 577 seats in the national assembly to take an absolute majority in the final runoff on Sunday 17 June.
This would ensure Hollande has backing for his delicate balancing act of cutting the deficit while attempting to boost growth.
First-round results show the Socialists are predicted to take between 275 and 315 seats, according to polling company TNS Sofres, and could make up the numbers with the backing of their electoral allies, the Greens.
This means Hollande is less likely to be forced to chase the support of the hardline leftist Front de Gauche and Communists, who oppose him on certain key issues such as deficit cuts and the minimum wage, and which would have made for a tricky alliance.
But although a Socialist absolute majority remains a possibility, it is far from a certainty. Socialist candidates are preparing for a tough fight in the final week of campaigning to bring voters out to the ballot boxes, after a record low first round turnout of 57%.
The first round vote results suggest that the broad left will dominate parliament. Early results and estimates showed the left in general taking 47%, the right 35% and the far-right Front National 13%.
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Well it looks like France will be turning to the left again. Might have the power to do whatever they want to create a more strong social democratic society. I was hopping for the Socialist Party to unite with the Communist Party and look for their support but that does not look like its going to happen.