France's Front National party could make sweeping gains at local elections

Poll gives far-right party 29 per cent of support with growing backing in rural areas and in France's blue-collar or middle-class suburbs.

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The rise of the French far right continues apace. And, despite a wave of revelations that it has fielded racist, bizarre and geriatric candidates, the Front National could make sweeping gains in important elections this month, reports The Independent.