Big Win for French Socialists

Via the BBC:  Hollande party wins majority in French parliament

Polling data suggested the party and its allies would take more than 320 out of 577 seats in the National Assembly.

If confirmed, it would be the Socialists’ best result in modern French history.


The expected results mean the Socialists will not have to rely on the support of the Greens or far left to push through their plans to hire more public workers and refocus EU fiscal efforts away from their emphasis on austerity.

The situation in Europe becomes more complex by the day.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    Yes, but at least we can now have a real-time comparison, albeit an imperfect one, of the two models for recovery duking it out in the public square.

    Austerity vs. government stimulus–not the fight of the century, but maybe we can put away the “well, if they’d done our plan instead, things would have been even better” theme. Not that I think we will…but the opportunity to challenge our own faith and grow thereby will be available at least.