France's once-fractious Socialists are looking to hold on to new-found unity in the second and final round of legislative elections, after a strong first-round showing in the vote for the National Assembly.
Final Interior Ministry results released a day after nationwide balloting showed President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party and its leftist allies winning at least 46%.
The main centre-right bloc tallied at least 34%, while the unaligned far-right National Front party won 13.6%. Tiny parties across the political spectrum made up the difference.
Polling agencies that have calculated the numbers precinct-by-precinct say the Socialists and allies could win an absolute majority in the Assembly in the May 17 final round - giving Mr Hollande the legislative majority he needs to revamp a country that his partisans see as too capitalist for the French, and push to save the eurozone through growth, not austerity.