They needed 289 seats in the French Parliament to push through their agenda without having to make deals with another party, sorta like a filibuster proof US Senate. They got somewhere between 296 - 320 seats, a big margin. Which essentially means France is fucked. Hollande says he's pro-growth but will increase spending, lower the retirement age back down to 60, and raise taxes big time on the rich up to 75% from around 45% I think. That ain't going to work. With no opposition, if he pursues these policies then they're toast. All the lefties around here shrieking for more stimulus spending and higher taxes on the rich take note: you are about to see how a country's economy goes right down the crapper following those policies.