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Far-right National Front set to surge in French local elections

French voters went to the polls on Sunday in the first round of local elections set to represent a landmark for women in politics and, possibly, for the far-right National Front. The first nationwide vote since Francois Hollande's 2012 election as president……

France’s far-right National Front drops candidate over ‘monkey’ slur

France’s far-right National Front on Friday dropped a candidate for municipal elections due in March after she compared the country’s black justice minister to a monkey. The anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen is desperately seeking a makeover to broaden its voter appeal and dispel its xenophobic image.…