France's National Front struggles to turn popularity into power

March 31, 2015 11:26 AM

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France's National Front struggles to turn popularity into power

PARIS (Reuters) - France's National Front scored its best ever local election result, but its hopes for power remain thwarted by widespread distaste for its anti-immigration policies and an election system that allows voters to block it from office.

The far-right FN won one in four votes in the first round of local elections on March 22, its highest score ever. In the second round last Sunday, it secured 62 councillors in 14 departmental assemblies, less than 2 percent of councillors nationwide but a big jump from the single councillor it had b...

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