French far-right set for big gains in first poll since Paris attacks

French far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen casts her ballot during regional elections in the Nord Picardie region, on December 6, 2015France’s far-right National Front was tipped for historic gains as regional polls were held Sunday under a state of emergency just three weeks after Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris. Around 45 million people are eligible to vote in an election being held under tight security following the country’s worst-ever terror attacks, which have thrust the FN’s anti-immigration and often Islamophobic message to the fore. The last opinion poll on Friday by Ipsos-Sopra said the FN would take the largest slice of the vote — 29.5 percent — followed by a mix of right-wing and centrist parties on 28.5 percent and the ruling Socialists on 23 percent.

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