Ruling Socialists Suffer Setback in French Local Elections

March 23, 2015 7:42 AM

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Ruling Socialists Suffer Setback in French Local Elections

PARIS—French President François Hollande’s Socialist Party suffered an electoral setback as the center-right alliance of former President Nicolas Sarkozy came out on top in the first round of local elections and the far-right National Front took about a quarter of the vote.

The Socialist Party’s share of Sunday’s vote dropped to 21.3% from 24.9% in a comparable election in 2011, according to estimates from polling companies Ifop and Fiducial. Mr. Sarkozy’s UMP party and its centrist allies took 30% of the vote and the anti-immigration, anti-European National Front took...

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