French far-right fails to win a single region in elections

French far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech following the announcement of results in the second round of French regional elections in Henin-Beaumont on December 13, 2015France’s far-right National Front (FN) failed to win a single region in elections Sunday despite record results in the first round, as voters flocked to traditional parties to keep them out of power. With presidential elections due in 2017, the anti-immigration FN had hoped the regional polls would act as a springboard for leader Marine Le Pen. The FN had topped the vote in six of 13 regions on December 6, propelled by anger over the struggling economy and fears created by last month’s jihadist attacks in Paris that left 130 dead.

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