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Paris gets first female mayor as concierge bites back

It was a victory to savour. As she bid to become the first female mayor of Paris, Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo had to endure taunts from her opponents about her modest origins and lack of Parisian roots. But in the end, voters in the French capital brushed such snobbery aside and defied the national trend by electing the 54-year-old by a convincing margin.

French reshuffle may loom after Hollande's Socialists routed in local elections

By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns. Provisional results from Sunday's voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le Pen set to take control of 11 towns across the country, easily surpassing a past record in the 1990s when it ruled in four towns.

Socialist Anne Hidalgo to be first female mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo, a Spanish-born Socialist, will be the first female mayor of Paris after an unexpectedly comfortable win in municipal elections on Sunday. Hidalgo, 54, had been expected to be run extremely close by her centre-right rival, former government minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, on a night when the Socialists took a beating from voters across the country because of the unpopularity of President Francois Hollande's government.

Socialist Anne Hidalgo to be first female mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo, the candidate of France's ruling Socialist Party, will be the first female mayor of Paris after winning municipal elections in the French capital on Sunday, exit polls indicated. Hidalgo, 54, the number two to current mayor Bertrand Delanoe, claimed 54.5 percent of second round votes in the capital, comfortably beating her centre-right rival, former government minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (45.5 percent), the polls suggested. szb/am/gk

French government braces for poll slap, FN surge

France's ruling Socialists were braced Sunday for a stinging setback in local elections set to be marked by a breakthrough for the far-right and the election of the first female mayor of Paris. A record low turnout was expected to exacerbate the Socialists' losses in their first nationwide electoral test since Francois Hollande was elected president in 2012.

Far-right set to cement gains in local French elections

French voters went to the polls Sunday for a second round of local elections that will likely cement gains for the far-right at the expense of the ruling Socialists and lead to a government reshuffle. With President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party facing a drubbing, popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls is widely tipped to replace current Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Paris will also have a female mayor for the first time.

New PM, first female Paris mayor on agenda in French vote

French voters go to the polls Sunday for a second round of local elections that will result in Paris having a female mayor for the first time and, possibly, the country having a new prime minister. With the ruling Socialists facing a drubbing, President Francois Hollande is expected to react by ordering major changes at the top of his beleaguered government. Popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls is widely tipped to replace current premier Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Despair, poverty driving French to far-right FN

"We're dying here!" In Beziers and Perpignan the phrase has become something of a refrain of late, a shorthand way of explaining why the two southern towns are on the verge of falling into the hands of the country's resurgent far-right party, the National Front (FN). And they are not alone. Polls suggest between 10 and 15 mid-sized French towns could have FN mayors by the time ballot boxes close on Sunday in the second round of nationwide local elections.

France apologies to Morocco after minister searched at Paris airport

PARIS (Reuters) - France apologised to Morocco on Friday after the kingdom's foreign minister was searched while transiting at a Paris airport, the latest incident that has strained ties between Rabat and its former colonial ruler. The two countries are already at odds over a row that erupted in February when French police tried to question the head of Rabat's intelligence service during a visit to Paris over accusations his agency was involved in torture.

China-France set to tie up deals on Xi visit

China and France are expected to sign scores of business deals on the first full day of President Xi Jinping's state visit Wednesday after he was wined and dined in the gastronomic capital of Lyon. France lags behind some European neighbours, most markedly Germany, in trade and investment links with China but has worked hard to catch up and accords in the aviation, nuclear, space, agriculture and urban development sectors are expected to be unveiled.
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