Sarkozy party wins majority in French election

17th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 17, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy won a clear parliamentary majority to back his ambitious reform programme Sunday, but failed to secure a widely projected landslide, polling firm projections said.

PARIS, June 17, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy won a clear parliamentary majority to back his ambitious reform programme Sunday, but failed to secure a widely projected landslide, polling firm projections said.

Sarkozy's ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) took between 319 and 329 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, with the Socialists performing far better than expected with 202 and 210 seats.

Sunday marked the fourth time French voters have gone to the polls in two months, capping an election season that has ushered in a new era of politics.

Sarkozy had asked the French to give him a strong majority to put in motion the reform programme he promised in his presidential battle against the Socialist Segolene Royal.


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