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French voters went to the polls on Sunday to vote in the first round of regional elections. The National Front, France's far-right party led by Marine Le Pen, secured 28 percent of the votes—more than any other party.
It's far short of a majority, but the results put Le Pen in a position to influence national policy. The vote comes during a climate of terror, as the French reel from the November 13th attacks on Paris, and following military campaign against the self-declared Islamic State.
Alan Riding, former Paris bureau chief for our partner The New York Times and author of "And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris," says the vote signals a nationalist trend that hasn't been seen in that nation since the end of World War I.
What you'll learn from this segment:
- What the full results of the election were.
- What's fueling the rise of The National Front, beyond the Paris attacks.
- How this election sets things up for the French presidential election in 2017.