France votes as far-right FN vies for first regional prize

December 13, 2015 7:33 AM

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Polls opened in France on Sunday with the far-right National Front (FN) hoping to win control of a region for the first time, giving leader Marine Le Pen a launchpad for her presidential bid in 2017.

The anti-immigration FN topped the vote in six of 13 regions in last weekend’s first round, capitalising on security fears in the wake of last month’s jihadist attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives.

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