Sunday, June 10, 2007
La Vague Bleue
The results for the first-round French legislative elections were just announced, and as expected, Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP came out the big winner: 43% of the vote, compared to 35% for the combined left (28% for the Socialists), and only 7% for Bayrou's Mouvement Démocrate. Although there will be runoffs next Sunday in any races where a candidate didn't win a clear majority, that should translate into 440-470 seats for the UMP, compared to only 60-90 for the PS. Abstentions, as expected, set a record.