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Post-Paris attack election win for French National Front

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French President Francois Hollande (R) casts his ballot for the first round of the French regional election in Tulle, France.

PARIS — France’s far-right National Front pulled off a historic win Sunday, topping the vote nationally in the first round of regional elections, exit polls showed, and potentially redrawing the political map before national elections in 2017.

Boosted by fears over the ISIS terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13, as well as by record unemployment and immigration, Marine Le Pen’s party secured 30.2% of the vote nationally, the Interior Ministry said, with two-thirds of the votes counted.

French far-right National Front Party leader, Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech after the first round of regional elections.Michel Spingler/AP

French far-right National Front Party leader, Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech after the first round of regional elections.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy ruled out any pact with President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party to keep the far right out.

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Former French President and current French right-wing opposition Les Republicains party President Nicolas Sarkozy and former French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave a polling station.

Runoffs will be held on Dec. 13, with the National Front well-placed to win one or more regions.

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