French far-right eye a coup in former papal city of Avignon

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The Front National party has an outside chance of gaining control of the city hall in this weekend's final round of municpal elections.

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There has been little dancing on the celebrated Pont d'Avignon of late, reports The Guardian. Since Monday morning when the historic Provençal city woke up to find that it was facing a future under the far-right Front National party, there has been a sense of shock, stupefaction and – among those who voted for the party of Marine Le Pen – quiet, but not yet triumphant satisfaction.