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The European Parliament elections drew to a close late on Sunday, after which the new composition of the 751-seat assembly will be officially made known on Monday. Following elections already held in seven other EU member states beginning on Thursday, France was one of 21 countries that held the elections on Sunday, in what was seen as a test of the national political power balance as much as the future direction of EU policy making. This is our coverage of the election night in France, and the developments elsewhere in Europe, in an election that has visibly, in the words of one EU commissioner, "broken" the monopoly of power in the continent's legislative assembly.
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