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Defining just who lies behind the blue-collar vote for France's far-right

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France is gearing up for municipal elections later this month when, political observers and opinion poll surveys forecast, the far-right Front National party is set to make significant gains. Its leader, Marine Le Pen, lays claim strong support among blue-collar workers, as illustrated by the vote the party attracted among a significant number of former left-wing heartlands during the 2012 presidential and legislative elections. This relatively recent development is often interpreted as a swing of allegiance on the part of a disillusioned electorate of the Left. But that perception is a myth according to the results of detailed studies by sociologists Nonna Mayer and Florent Gougou. They presented their research at a Paris conference on voting patterns for the far-right, where Marine Turchi recorded their sometimes surprising findings.    

French MPs approve extending military mission in CAR

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French parliament votes in favour of lengthening peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, as inter-religious violence worsens.

French parliament squeezes through pension reform

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A reform intended to bolster the finances of France's indebted pension system has been passed by 270 votes in favour and 249 against.

Ex-French PM's 'strategic' softening on far right

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François Fillon causes party row by calling for end to treating the far-right National Front as a political pariah, but analysts see it as merely a tactic.

France: UK vote doesn't thwart plans to hit Syria

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President Francois Hollande expressed readiness to push ahead with plans to strike Syria despite British parliament's rejection of military action

How sovereign can France's Alsace region be?

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Alsatians vote this Sunday on how they govern themselves; supporters hope for more efficient structures, opponents warn of 'the German model'. 

Feuding French conservatives set new leadership vote

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The opposition UMP party, which has been locked in an acrimonious leadership struggle, has agreed to hold a new vote before October 2013.

French expats prepare to vote in parliamentary elections

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For the first time, French citizens who live abroad will be able to vote for an MP to represent them in the Assemblée Nationale.

British-based French voters preferred Nicolas Sarkozy

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French citizens living in Britain put the current president a whisker ahead of François Hollande, who came top in France itself.