|Parliamentary Elections in France|
|Sunday, 10 June 2007|
After one month of Nicolas Sarkozy's election as a president, the parliamentary election begins.
The UMP party appears to increase its majority in the lower house, the national assembly, enabling him to push through sweeping economic reforms. The presidential candidate Segolene Royal who lost to Mr. Sarkozy, her party are expected to lose more seats.Worth mentioning, a second round of voting will be start after one week.The voters from abroad of France voted on Saturday. The election process began at 0800 (0600 GMT) on Sunday. Polls close at 2000 (1800 GMT). By midday, just under 23% of registered voters had cast their ballots, down from 31% at the presidential elections but up on the last parliamentary election five years ago, officials said.
Voters are giving President Nicolas Sarkozy's party a commanding lead Sunday in the first round of elections for parliament, they strongly believed in his plans to increase the French economy.
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