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French election: Socialists and allies win first round

President Francois Hollande's Socialists and their allies are set for a majority following the first round of voting in French parliamentary elections, final results show.

Left-wing and green parties won a total of more than 46% of the vote compared to 34% for the centre-right UMP party.

The outcome of the polls is expected to determine the extent and pace of reform under the newly-elected French leader.

Run-offs are to be held next week. The BBC's Christian Fraser reports.

  • 11 Jun 2012
  • From the section Europe
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