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French pollsters project Socialists win strong majority in parliamentary vote
PARIS (AP) ' Three polling agencies are projecting that French President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party has won a solid majority of seats in the lower house of parliament.
The win will likely help Hollande pass tax hikes and spending increases, and bolster him as he pushes other European leaders to invest in stimulus programs to pull the region out of economic crisis.
The TNS-Sofres, Ipsos and CSA agencies estimate that the Socialists will have at least 307 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly after Sunday's second-round parliamentary elections. That's well over the 289 they needed for a majority, and means they don't have to rely on far leftists to pass legislation.
The anti-immigrant National Front party is projected to win one to four seats, its first presence in parliament since the 1990s.