In France, voters defy leaders to back Le Pen's party

February 9, 2015 3:53 PM

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In France, voters defy leaders to back Le Pen's party

PARIS (Reuters) - A strong showing by Marine Le Pen's National Front in a by-election run-off in eastern France is the latest sign of the rise of the anti-immigrant party, with voters ignoring calls by mainstream politicians to snub her candidate.

President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists clung on to Le Doubs parliamentary seat with 51.4 percent of the vote, barely 800 votes ahead of the National Front candidate. The main conservative contender was knocked out in the first round.

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