June 15 - France gears up for second round of parliamentary elections with the far-right National Front set to enter parliament for the first time since 1986. Sunita Rappai reports.
Final preparations get underway in France for the second round of parliamentary elections. Ballot boxes and voting papers are prepared in constituencies where candidates face a run-off - after failing to win more than half the vote in last week's first round. At stake is a seat here in France's lower house of Parliament, the National Assembly, where 577 seats are up for grabs. Latest opinion polls show that newly elected president Francois Hollande's Socialist Party should be able to count on a healthy majority. But many are also paying close attention to this woman: National Front Leader Marine Le Pen seen here voting in the first round. Her hard right party could win up to three seats according to polls - which would return them to the lower house for the first time in 26 years. Le Pen's niece, 22-year-old Marion Marechal Le Pen, stands a particularly good chance of winning a seat for the party here in the South of France. The outcome is unlikely to have a major impact on Hollande's government or legislative assembly however. The vote will be France's fourth major vote in just nine weeks. Sunita Rappai, Reuters