Hollande's Socialists win absolute parliament majority

  • French President Francois Hollande's Socialists have won an absolute parliamentary majority.

    The Socialist bloc secured between 296 and 321 seats in the parliamentary election runoff, according to projections from a partial vote count.

    289 seats are required for a majority in the 577-seat National Assembly.

    The victory means Hollande, who was elected in May, won't need the support of the environmentalist Greens or the Communist-dominated Left Front, set to win 20 and 10 seats respectively, in order to pass laws.

    Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the result was a vote of confidence in Hollande's government enabling it to move ahead with its economic and euro zone policies.