French conservatives win key local voting, gov't left loses

March 29, 2015 7:51 PM

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PARIS (AP) — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the "lies, denial and impotence" of France's governing Socialists after estimates showed his conservative party and their allies chalked up wins across France in Sunday's local elections that saw the left lose half of its councils. The far-right National Front edged forward in its bid to create an army of grassroots support.

Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls conceded that the mainstream right won the voting.

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