Record number of women elected in general election

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 18, 2007 (AFP) - French voters on Sunday elected a record number of women to parliament, giving them at least 106 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, according to polling firm projections.

PARIS, June 18, 2007 (AFP) - French voters on Sunday elected a record number of women to parliament, giving them at least 106 of the 577 seats in the National Assembly, according to polling firm projections. 

The outgoing parliament had only 76 women deputies.

With final results likely to show an even higher number of women deputies, 60 left-wing women deputies and 46 right-wing ones had already been confirmed late Sunday.

A law passed in France in 2000 obliges political parties to field an equal number of men and women candidates in elections, but none of the major parties have entirely respected the rule.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP party won between 319 and 329 seats in the Assembly, according to projections after Sunday's run-off second round, with the Socialists taking 202-210 seats.


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