France's Sarkozy under pressure to block National Front candidate

February 2, 2015 10:11 AM

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France's Sarkozy under pressure to block National Front candidate

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy, the ex-president now heading France's main conservative opposition, came under pressure from allies and foes on Monday to endorse rival Socialists in a by-election runoff to ensure the defeat of the National Front.

The anti-immigrant far-right party came out ahead with 32.6 percent in Sunday's first round vote for the parliamentary seat in the eastern Le Doubs constituency left vacant by Pierre Moscovici, a Socialist deputy named EU commissioner.

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