Sarkozy gets reduced majority for reform campaign

President Nicolas Sarkozy’s right-wing party won a solid majority to launch his programme of reforms in France’s legislative election Sunday, but failed to secure a widely predicted landslide. His Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) won 319-329 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, 30-40 seats fewer than in the outgoing parliament, according to projections after the decisive second round. Another 20 seats were expected to go to centrist allies. Full Story

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