France goes to polls with National Front in ascendancy

March 22, 2015 9:28 AM

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France goes to polls with National Front in ascendancy

PARIS (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in the first round of French local elections where the anti-immigration National Front (FN) hopes to come top and consolidate leader Marine Le Pen's bid for the presidency in 2017.

Opinion polls suggest voters are unexcited about the election for councillors with limited powers in the "departements", one stratum of France's complex local administration which President Francois Hollande has in any case promised to overhaul.

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