As expected, France’s Socialist Party has won the second round of parliamentary elections Sunday, according to exit polls witnessed by Agence France-Presse.
AFP said President Francois Hollande’s party and its allies will gain at least 312 seats in the 577-seats National Assembly. If these numbers are accurate, the Socialists would not need any support from the far-left parties (who harbor some deep reservations over Hollande’s economic policies).
Given that the Socialists already control the Senate, a majority in the Assembly will make it much easier for Hollande to push through his agenda, including a scaling back of some austerity measures.
The extreme right National Front party may have won up to four seats in the Assembly.