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Socialists downplay losses in first round of French local elections

Socialists downplay losses in first round of French local elections
 
Election officials empty a ballot box to count votes from the first-round local elections, 22 March 2015. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

After Sunday’s first round of France’s Departmental elections, in which the conservative alliance led by the UMP came out ahead of the far right Front National, each party is spinning the result in its own way, ahead of the second round next weekend. These are local elections that national politicians have turned into a national referendum. RFI’s Sarah Elzas assesses that for the ruling Socialist party, the spin after this first round is: “It’s not as bad as it could be”.


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