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Monday, 11 June 2012 - 8:16
Socialists and allies 'set for win' in French election.
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Exit polls suggest that President Francois Hollande's Socialists and their allies are set for a majority following the first round of voting in French legislative elections.

The Socialists appear tied with the right-wing UMP party on about 35% of the vote, but the support of Green allies gives them closer to 40%.

The outcome of the polls is expected to determine the extent and pace of reform under the newly-elected French leader.

Run-offs are to be held a week later.

The early indications are that turnout has been much lower than in the presidential elections in April, at about 60%.

France's 46 million eligible voters are picking representatives for 577 seats in the National Assembly.

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