“Historic victory”: Far-right National Front celebrates first French Senate seats

“Historic victory”: Far-right National Front celebrates first French Senate seats

The French National Front party has secured a historic victory, grabbing two seats in the upper house of parliament for the first time, as the center-left government coalition loses its majority in the chamber and President Hollande’s popularity sinks.

Half of the Senate’s 348 seats were up for grabs on Sunday by an electoral college of 87,000 voters of city councilors and local officials.

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