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Polls open in French Parliamentary Elections

The Parliamentary Elections are expected to determine whether Francois Hollande`s Socialists or rival conservatives control the government.



Zeenews Bureau

Paris: French people are casting their ballots in the Parliamentary Elections expected to determine whether new President Francois Hollande`s Socialists or rival conservatives control the government.

The Sunday elections, followed by runoffs a week later, will also show whether Hollande can push his tax-the-rich, down-with-austerity agenda, and how much of a voice the far right will have in policies on immigration and Muslim practices.

The legislative race hasn`t garnered nearly the headlines or drama of the presidential race in April and May, and many polls suggest turnout among France`s 46 million voters could be around 40 percent — far less than in Hollande`s showdown with Nicolas Sarkozy.

The new lower house serves for the next five years — coinciding with Hollande`s five-year term.

(With Agency inputs)

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