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France: Exit polls: Le Pen′s FN loses regional polls

A tactical call by France's socialists to their voters to block Marine Le Pen's National Front (FN) by voting for Sarkozy's Republicans and center-right allies in two regions delivered wins for the opposition conservatives on Sunday.

The leader of the anti-immigration FN, Le Pen, lost out to the right-wing opposition in the northern Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardie region after the ruling socialist party (PS) pulled out of the race before the second round.

Early estimates showed Marine Le Pen finishing on around 42 percent compared to about 57 percent for her right-wing rival Xavier Bertrand in the economically depressed northern region.

Bertrand, a former labor minister, described the outcome as a "thunderbolt" that had stopped the "progression" of the National Front.

 Read more: Exit polls: Le Pen′s FN loses regional polls | News | DW.COM | 13.12.2015

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