June 18th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

France's Hollande tightens grip on power with election win

New French President Francois Hollande tightened his grip on power Monday as the Interior Ministry confirmed that his Socialist party and its allies won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections Sunday.

Hollande allies claimed 314 seats in the 577-member National Assembly - the lower house of the French parliament - according to early confirmed results by the French Interior Ministry.

The results signal a clear French shift to the left, bolstering Hollande's position to push through an anti-austerity agenda after years of government budget cuts.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party experienced its biggest losses since 1981, winning just 229 seats.

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soundoff (4 Responses)

    Does it really matter who they have in power over there in France? I mean, they are just going to surrender at the first sign of conflict anyway.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    What conflict @ Pedo Bear?
    WW 3 is still a couple of steps away. Once we remove Assad, attack Iran and Pakistan with NATO deployment in the Central Republics, perhaps then we can venture to speculate what France will and will not do.

    June 18, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

      All it will take is for someone to look at them with a grin or even mention they are thinking of invading France and they will surrender. 🙂

      June 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    A schoolteacher was trying to teach her six-year old class students how to say the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The schoolteacher said, O.K. children begin by putting your hand over your little heart and repeat with me, I pledge allegiance to the HOLD IT! HOLD IT! Johnny, why is your hand over your butt cheek instead of your heart? Johnny replied! Well you see, when my ant comes over to pick me up and pats my bottom she says, BLESS YOUR LITTLE HEART!!!!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |