Hollande gets a drubbing in French municipal elections

Paris elected its first female mayor on Sunday night, but the victory for socialist Anne Hidalgo was “an isolated piece of good news” for President François Hollande, says Kim Willsher in The Guardian. His Socialist Party took a drubbing in municipal elections, losing 175 cities and towns.

Although the centre-right Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) was the biggest winner, the far-right National Front took 11 towns, beating its previous late 1990s record of four.

With the economy “sluggish, unemployment soaring and presidential approval at a record low”, a loss of support was to be expected, says The Independent. But [...]

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