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Far-right sends shockwaves in France after electoral breakthrough

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By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – France’s far-right scored a historic success in legislative elections on Sunday increasing its number of lawmakers almost tenfold and cementing the party’s rise from fringe status to the mainstream opposition. Since taking the helm of the party in 2011, leader Marine Le Pen has sought to rid the National Front – now called the National Rally (RN) – of the anti-Semitic image it acquired under the nearly 40-year leadership of her father, ex-paratrooper Jean-Marie Le Pen. Securing 42% in April’s presidential election, Le Pen had already tapped into the general dise…

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