Right Defeat at Local Vote

March 23, 2015 8:22 AM

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has hailed the defeat of the far- right National Front in first-round local elections, while minimizing the significance of the third-place finish of his own Socialist party.

The National Front was second in Sunday's vote with 25 percent, behind the conservative UMP party and its allies with 29 percent. Socialists and their allies had 21.5 percent, according to the Interior Ministry's official results.

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