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France's Front National mayors, six months later

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Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin Beaumont, the day he took office, standing with National Front party leader Marine Le Pen
Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin Beaumont, the day he took office, standing with National Front party leader Marine Le Pen REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Six months ago, France's hard-right Front National won control of 11 French local councils. Half a year on how are these mayors running their towns? Are they implementing the Front National's agenda? And what lessons have they learnt from party members who were mayors in the late 1990s?