France’s far-right party to win regional election: Poll

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France’s far-right National Front (FN) is set to dominate the country’s regional assemblies in the upcoming elections as a result of persistent public discontent over the government’s poor economic and financial scores, a poll has showed.

The far-right party would gain 29 percent of the votes, followed by the centre-right Les Republicans party whose candidates would garner 27 percent, Xinhua cited TNS Sofres-One Point survey as showing.

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The ruling Socialists, currently dominating France’s regional councils, ranked third with 22 percent of the votes despite a sharp rise in President Francois Hollande’s popularity after Paris attacks.

At least 58 percent of the respondents said November 13 Paris attacks had no impact on their choice.

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Challenging for power, the anti-immigrant National Front recorded unprecedented victory in European Parliament election and mayoral run-off in 2014, mirroring a rising public support for the far-right party to rule Europe’s second largest economy.

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The two-round regional elections are scheduled for December 6 and 13.

The poll surveyed 1,552 respondents from November 20 to November 23.

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