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First round of France’s departmental elections: the battle for control of Paris’s suburbs

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Election officials empty a ballot box to count votes from the first round local elections, 22 March 2015.
Election officials empty a ballot box to count votes from the first round local elections, 22 March 2015. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

The first round of France’s departmental elections ended with the emergence of a three-party system: the conservative UMP on top, followed by the far right Front National and the ruling Socialists in third position. The battle for control of Paris’s inner suburbs like Bobigny, Noisy-le-Sec and Bondy, will be a close match between the Socialists and the UMP in the upcoming second round. Polls suggest that Bobigny, a traditional stronghold of the left could swing right. 

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