France’s far-right set to make history in first poll since attacks

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PARIS: France’s far-right National Front (FN) is widely predicted to take a step towards gaining control of at least one region for the first time, as polls opened Sunday three weeks after jihadist attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. Around 44 million people are eligible to vote, with France under tight security and in a state of emergency following the country’s worst-ever terror attacks, which have thrust the FN’s anti-immigration and often Islamophobic message to the fore. First projections are expected at 7 pm on with FN leader Marine Le Pen on course to top the poll in the economically-depressed Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region in the north, once a bastion of the left.

AFP

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