A communist French city flirts with the far right

The southern town of Brignoles is in the spotlight as far-right Front national looks to achieve by-election victory on Sunday.

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Some things never change in the small, sun-drenched French city of Brignoles, like the afternoon petanque game played by the old-timers. The seniors huddle around the metal spheres. They hold glasses of pastis – an anise-flavoured liqueur that is another trademark of France’s southeast – as they inspect the accuracy of each throw. As if taking a cue from the ageing men, time moves slower here than in the rest of the country, reports FRANCE 24.