FRENCH PAPERS, Mon. 28/03/11, Round two of the local elections, les cantonales, are on the front cover of all the newspapers in France.
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Sunday’s vote confirms round one last weekend: the far-right is gaining ground on the political front. The ruling UMP is blaming the record abstention rate (55%) and trying to play down any broader significance of the local elections. However, the Socialist party, the big winner of the vote, is saying that the cantonales are a bellwether for the 2012 presidential vote.