The World from Berlin 'Hollande Inspires Skepticism, Not Euphoria'

France's new Socialist President François Hollande looks set to have ample power to govern following his party's good showing in the first round of the French parliamentary election. German commentators warn that, given the low turnout and the challenges he faces, he should not get too confident.
Volunteers count votes at a polling station in Marseille in southern France. While a runoff is necessary, first round results show that the Socialist Party and its allies are set to win 40 percent of the votes for the French National Assembly.

Volunteers count votes at a polling station in Marseille in southern France. While a runoff is necessary, first round results show that the Socialist Party and its allies are set to win 40 percent of the votes for the French National Assembly.

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-- Renuka Rayasam
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