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French Socialists Dealt Blow in Local Elections

France's ruling Socialist party and it leader Francois Hollande took a drubbing in local elections Sunday from the conservative UMP party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the far-right National Front - or FN - party with its anti-immigration and anti-Islam platform. Voters went to the run-off polls to choose 4,108 people who will sit on 98 local councils. The Socialists lost about half of their councils to the conservatives UMP party, opening the way for Sarkozy to mount...

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