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France's far right makes local gains; voters punish Hollande

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Martine, a 54-year-old France's far-right National Front political party political activist, shows her nails painted with the French national flag at the FN headquarters in Henin Beaumont, Northern France, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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An empty podium is seen at the France's far-right National Front political party's headquarters during the first round in the French mayoral elections in Nanterre, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front political party leader, delivers a speech after the first round mayoral election in Nanterre, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Anne Hidalgo (L), current Paris city deputy mayor and Socialist Party candidate in the mayoral election, greets supporters after first results of the municipal elections in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Joel Saget/Pool

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Eugene Binaisse (C), current mayor of Henin Beaumont, gestures as he attends the counting of the votes at a polling station during the first round in the French mayoral elections in Henin Beaumont, Northern France, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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Eugene Binaisse (C), current mayor of Henin Beaumont, empties the ballot box of a polling station to count votes during the first round in the French mayoral elections in Henin Beaumont, Northern France, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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France's President Francois Hollande speaks with journalists as he arrives at the polling station to vote in the first round in the French mayoral elections in Tulle, center France, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) sits on a bench with his wife and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy after voting at a polling station in the first round in the French mayoral elections in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) sits on a bench with his wife and singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy after voting at a polling station in the first round in the French mayoral elections in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station to vote in the first round in the French mayoral elections in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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French Socialist Party deputy and candidate for the 2014 Marseille municipal elections Patrick Mennucci leaves after his speech for the results in the first round of local elections in Marseille March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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A woman holds an electoral card at a polling station in Paris March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (R), conservative UMP political party candidate for the mayoral election, waves as she leaves after casting her ballot at a polling station in Paris March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, conservative UMP political party candidate for the mayoral election, leaves after casting her ballot at a polling station in Paris March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (L), conservative UMP political party candidate for the mayoral election, casts her ballot at a polling station in Paris March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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A voter stands in the voting booth in a voting station in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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Ballots are seen in Paris, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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France's President Francois Hollande leaves a bar after voting in the first round in the French mayoral elections in Tulle, center France, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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