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Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
In pictures: France votes
All the signs are that the centre-right alliance that backs President Jacques Chirac has won a landslide victory.

Many voters said they were tired of the "cohabitation" of left and right in the last parliament and wanted a government with a clear majority to make changes.

UMP celebrations
Supporters of the centre-right UMP are celebrating

Socialist headquarters in Paris
But the atmosphere among Socialists is grim

Former Minister Martine Aubry is out; Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin stays on
It was a night of mixed fortunes for candidates

Voters queue in a Marseilles gymnasium
The turnout had not been as high as was hoped by the Socialists

Jacques Chirac leaves the polling station
President Chirac has won an historic victory

President Chirac with boy in French soccer kit
But not everyone wanted to play ball

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