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French left seen winning parliament control

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 01:12

June 10 - French President Francois Hollande appears on track for a Socialist-led majority in parliament after a solid win in a first-round vote Sunday. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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French President Francois Hollande appears on track for a Socialist-led majority in parliament after a solid win in a first-round vote Sunday. Polling groups say Hollande's Socialist bloc looks likely to win the 289 seats needed for an outright majority in the 577-seat National Assembly in next Sunday's run-off, and almost certain to do so with its Greens Party allies. Winning power in the lower house for the first time in a decade would be a triumph for the left a year after it won control of the Senate and weeks after recapturing the presidency after 17 years. Hollande, who won the presidency five weeks ago due to a rejection of conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and his failure to curb 10 percent unemployment, has asked for a coherent majority as he steers France through the resurgent euro zone debt crisis. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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French left seen winning parliament control

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 01:12