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Socialist candidate for the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo casts her ballot during the municipal elections in Paris, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Voters in Paris and across France are going to the polls Sunday in municipal elections seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande's first two years in office. One bright spot for Hollande is the capital, where Hidalgo is favorite to defeat rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and keep Paris in Socialist control for another six-year term. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Minister: French far-right may win 15 towns
First Published Mar 30 2014 05:54 pm • Last Updated Mar 30 2014 05:54 pm

Paris • The Interior Minister says that the far right may win up to 15 towns in municipal elections that allowed the governing Socialist Party, trounced in numerous cities, to save face with a win in Paris, the crown jewel.

Final results were not complete in Sunday’s second round of municipal elections. But Manuel Valls said the anti-immigration National Front party may win 14 to 15 towns.

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The minister said the Socialists may lose about 50 of their cities to the mainstream right.

Meanwhile Paris gets its first female mayor. Anne Hidalgo defeated a conservative right candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

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