France: Legislative elections poll shows left in slight lead

29 May, 14:05

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MAY 29 - The left is expected to win in the June 10 and June 17 parliamentary elections in France, but there will not be any Socialist ''red surge'' into the National Assembly. This is the outlook shown in the first polls on voting intentions for the French parliamentary elections conducted by IPSOS for France Televisions. The poll shows that the Ump, the party of the current right-wing majority, along with its allies, is expected to garner 35% of votes in the first round, ahead of Socialists and their allies who are likely to rake in 31%. The National Front (far right) is at 15%, the Front de Gauche 8% and the Greens 6%. In a logic of bloc against bloc, the right would rack up 50% of votes compared with 46.5% for the left, but any calculation is far from reality since for the time being there are no agreements made between the Ump and the National Front, a party which - to the contrary - is expected to be the main problem for the right in the case of triangular formations in the second round. ''The ratio of forces,'' said Brice Teinturier, one of the heads of the IPSOS institute, ''is in favour of the left, but the win is likely to be a limited one. The PS is not expected to get an absolute majority.''(ANSAmed).

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