PARIS - The French left is poised to win a clear majority in the lower house of parliament in elections this month although the Socialists will likely have to rely on smaller left-wing parties to govern, poll projections showed on Tuesday.
The left is eager to build on Francois Hollande's victory in last month's presidential runoff to take control of the National Assembly from the conservative UMP party in a two-round legislative election on June 10-17.
With the Senate already under the control of the left, a majority in the lower house would tighten its grip over France's main democratic and lawmaking institutions, as well as avoid a paralyzing "co-habitation" with the UMP.
In projections based on a recent survey, pollsters Ipsos Logica Business Consulting estimated that combined left-wing parties could win 303 to 357 of the lower house's 557 seats.
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