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French Vote for Regions as Main Parties Seek Le Pen Shutout

  • National Front candidates see breakthrough as `difficult'
  • Socialists, Republicans close ranks in some contests
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French voters went to the polls Sunday to elect regional leaders in a last reading of nationwide sentiment before presidential balloting in April 2017.

President Francois Hollande, his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy and the National Front’s Marine Le Pen are all jockeying for position in the runoff race, which offers them the chance to establish regional bases and vaunt their credentials with an electorate battered by near-record unemployment and concerns over terrorism.