Hollande’s Socialist Party Wins Parliamentary Elections in France (6/18)     Print Email

By Justine Revenaz, Editorial Assistant at European Affairs

Francois Hollande, who last month unseated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to win the French presidency, has added, in Sunday elections, a convincing victory in the parliamentary elections for his Socialist Party. Hollande said earlier on national TV that without a working majority in parliament he would be "a conductor without an orchestra."

Out of 577 total seats in the National Assembly the Socialists won 280 with another 34 from two allied parties, giving the parliamentary bloc 314 seats and a very responsive orchestra for Mr. Hollande, considerably more than the 289 needed for an absolute majority. Sarkozy's party, Union for a Popular Movement, won 194 seats.

The parliamentary victory is important for Mr. Hollande, to pass the legislation necessary to honor the promises he made during his campaign. Those promises include promoting economic growth with regulation, creating jobs, and strengthening the euro and protecting the eurozone. Mr. Hollande's victory will showcase him as a strong newcomer at the G20 meetings in Mexico.

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    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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