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    Hollande Braces For Pain In French Local Vote, Far Right Set For Gains

    Wochit Headline News

    by Wochit Headline News

    France's ruling Socialist party is bracing for potentially heavy losses in mid-term local election on Sunday, a vote that could jeopardize reforms and hand major gains to the far-right National Front. Voters will elect mayors in towns and villages across the country. Dissatisfaction with President Francois Hollande's rule - his approval rate is at record lows of 19 percent in opinion polls - and a string of legal issues involving opposition conservatives are predicted to affect turnout and help the anti-immigrant Front (FN), which hopes to win outright in a record number of towns.