Left, right unite against far right in French vote

French leftist and conservative parties have united to try to win a municipal election dominated by a far right candidate in the first round of voting held after the incumbent was jailed on corruption charges.
The far right National Front party won 39.34 percent in Sunday's voting in the industrial town of Henin-Beaumont in the northern Pas-de-Calais region with the Socialist candidate coming in second with 17.01 percent of the vote.
The Socialists have appealed to all voters to counter the "danger" of the National Front in the former mining town.
A National Front victory in the July 5 final voting would mark the first time it would have won an important town since a wave of municipal victories in 1995.

Updated : 2021-01-28 22:42 GMT+08:00