France votes in regional elections with the National Front hoping for gains amid fears over the refugee crisis and last month's Paris killings. Paul Chapman reports.
Polling stations opened in France's regional elections exactly a month to the day since the Paris massacre. The run-off ballot will show whether the far right National Front can turn its current run of popularity into power. The attacks in Paris on November 13th in which 130 people died have boosted the National Front. So too have fears over Europe's migrant crisis. The anti-immigration, anti-Europe National Front last week led the first round of regional elections. That's no guarantee it'll win in any of the 13 regions up for grabs in Sunday's run-offs. The Socialist party pulled out of two regions where the National Front was strongest, urging its supporter to vote Republican instead. In local elections held in March the National Front failed to win anything despite a strong first-round showing.