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‘They keep their promises’: French town smitten with far right

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France’s National Front (FN) is promoting the depressed former coalmining town of Henin-Beaumont as a showcase for far-right rule ahead of this year’s election, with residents praising Marine Le Pen’s party for “keeping its promises”.

In 2014, the town of terraced houses in northern France was the first to elect an FN mayor in a single round of voting — one of several local victories that Le Pen aims to convert into an upset in this year’s presidential election.

Much of the growth of her anti-immigrant, anti-EU party has been in towns like Henin-Beaumont, where corruption scandals and mass layoffs have turned voters against mainstream politics. – READ MORE

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