June 11 - President Francois Hollande's party will likely walk away with a majority in parliament after the first round of voting, but some worry voter apathy could affect the final tally. Jessica Gray reports.
As expected, first round results show President Francois Hollande's party is set to win a majority in the French National Assembly. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT THE INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL STUDIES IN PARIS CHRISTOPHER BICKERTON, SAYING: "I think the overwhelming sensation really is that there aren't many surprises in this first round result from what I think was in many respects quite a lacklustre campaign." But Hollande's Socialist party is not taking any chances. Politicians worry voter fatigue and an already low turnout at polls could mean lost seats. That's why party leaders are renewing calls for support as the second round of elections approach. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER MARTINE AUBRY SAYING: "We need a strong majority to continue on employment, growth and justice." That message could fall on deaf ears as the French turn their attention away from politics. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS RESIDENT OLIVIER DELAVARE SAYING: "The campaign was a bit long and now I think the French want to talk about other things. And you have the euro and all that. People are not going to vote." France elected its first socialist president in 17 years after conservatives struggled to boost jobs and the economy. Jessica Gray, Reuters