A record abstention rate, and historic inroads for the far-right. That's the takeaway from France's local elections, the first major poll since the left returned to power nearly two years ago. This setback is hardly a surprise for a Socialist president who boasts rock-bottom approval ratings. But what do the French see in the Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant party of Marine Le Pen? And how are the mainstream parties reacting?
Produced and prepared by David Boratov, Haxie Meyers-Belkin and Diaraye Bah
FRANCE 24 reporter
Stefan DE VRIES
Paris correspondent, RTL4
Director of the Jacques Delors Institute
Spokesperson, "Debout la République" (neo-Gaullist party)