SARKO GETS HIS MANDATE
35 million French go to the polls
All but one of Sunday’s 467 races are two-way challenges between left and right. The other is a “triangular” between candidates from the UMP, PS and Modem.
I’ll post on the results later today.
Update 3:15 PM EDT
Sarkozy party wins in French poll
Preliminary projections give 319 to 329 seats to the right, 202 to 210 for the left.
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right allies won a solid majority in Sunday’s
parliamentary election, but failed to secure a widely-expected
landslide, television poll forecasts showed.
More at No Pasaran
Update, Monday 18 June
The Beeb says Sarkozy wins ‘mandate for reform’ while the WaPo claims Sarkozy, Allies Hold Majority, Lose Seats
Gains by Socialists Defy Predictions For French Runoff. No matter what, Sarko has now an absolute majority with 346 of the 577 parliamentary seats.