French far-right leader and National Front Party, Marine Le Pen
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France local elections: Right holding off far-right

France's centre-right UMP party and its allies have taken first place in the first round of local elections, partial results show.

Projections suggest that the far-right National Front - despite strong gains - came second with about 25% of the vote, behind the conservatives on 30%.

Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

  • 23 Mar 2015
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