June 17 - France's Socialist Party wins majority in parliamentary run-off elections, while far-right Front National secures first seats since 1980s. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
French President Francois Hollande's Socialists win an absolute parliamentary majority Sunday. Analysts say the results will strengthen his hand as he presses Germany to support debt-laden euro zone states hit by austerity cuts and ailing banks. Supporters in Paris cheered the results came in. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SOCIALIST SUPPORTER SAMI RICHEBE SAYING: "The only thing I feel is joy, we are continuing what we started, now the left is everywhere: in the Senate, in the National Assembly, the left has won and I'm really happy with all the work that's been done." The left-wing triumph gives the Socialists more power than they have ever held as Hollande pushes for new tools to stimulate growth. The far-right anti-immigration National Front achieved a breakthrough, winning its first parliamentary seats since the late-1980s. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters