Hollande allies in party unity call
Jun 12 2012
Allies of French President Francois Hollande have mobilised in hopes of securing a crushing parliamentary majority for the Socialists that could bolster him in talks on how to save the embattled euro currency and revive Europe's economic fortunes.
Leftists dominated the first round of legislative elections, and Socialist leaders are calling for a final push of party unity ahead of Sunday's decisive second round of voting for seats in the National Assembly.
Mr Hollande, who was elected last month, wants his political kin to control the powerful lower house of Parliament for the next five years so he can move forward with plans to strengthen the state's role in the economy, create thousands of teaching jobs and tackle high youth joblessness.
Final results released on Monday from nationwide balloting on Sunday showed the Socialists and their allies on the left winning at least 46% of the vote.
The main conservative bloc, led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party, had at least 34%. The unaligned far-right National Front won 13.6%, remaining a wild card for the June 17 second round. Tiny parties drew the rest.
"(Voters) have clearly expressed their desire to give Francois Hollande the means to act during this five-year term," Socialist boss Martine Aubry said. "Everything has to be done, that's why this second round is absolutely crucial - and the marching order is simple: unity, and mobilisation."
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