- Associated Press - Sunday, June 17, 2012

PARIS (AP) — Three polling agencies projected on Sunday that French President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has won a solid majority of seats in the lower house of parliament.

The win likely will help Mr. Hollande pass tax and spending increases and will 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 estimated 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.

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