Hollande Party ‘Wins Majority’ in French Parliament
The Socialist Party of France’s President Francois Hollande has won enough seats in parliament to form an absolute majority, according to polling projections.
The projections suggested the party and its allies would take more than 320 out of 577 seats in the National Assembly.
If confirmed, it would be the Socialists’ best result in modern French history.
It gives the president strong backing for his tax-and-spend programme.
He would not have to rely on support in parliament from either the Greens or the far-left.
Mr Hollande has promised to hire more public workers and to refocus EU fiscal efforts away from their emphasis on austerity, and towards growth.
Sunday’s vote was the second round of a two-part parliamentary election. Turnout was a record low, at 55.9%.