Sarkozy's party with wide margin in legislative vote

31st May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - The party of recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy stands to win a wide majority in legislative elections next month, a poll to be published Thursday shows.

PARIS, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - The party of recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy stands to win a wide majority in legislative elections next month, a poll to be published Thursday shows.

Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) would win 410 to 450 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, or 41 percent of the vote, were the election to be held on Sunday, the IFOP poll to be published in Paris Match magazine says. The UMP currently has 359 seats.

The rival Socialist Party would win between 90 and 130 seats, or 27.5 percent, a reduction from its current 149 seats, the poll says.

The June 10 and 17 rounds of voting are to be held slightly more than a month after Sarkozy defeated Socialist candidate Segolene Royal to win the presidency.

Both Sarkozy and Royal returned to the election fray this week, grabbing the campaign spotlight ahead of the legislative polls.

Critics -- including Royal -- have attacked the decision by Sarkozy to take part in the campaign, saying a president should be above party politics.

Sarkozy has brushed off the charge, pointing out that several of his predecessors had done the same and arguing that his ambitious reform programme requires strong support from parliament.

The poll also shows the Communist Party winning between six and 10 seats, down from its current 21, while the centrist Democratic Movement of failed presidential candidate Francois Bayrou would win up to 6 seats, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted by telephone on May 24 and 25 with 931 registered voters.


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Subject: French news, Politics

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