French elections: François Hollande under pressure after crushing losses

France’s Socialist party loses more than 150 major towns in local elections that bring historic gains for Front National

The French president, François Hollande, was under intense pressure on Monday to shake up his government and "show he is not deaf" after voters inflicted crushing losses on his Socialist party in local elections.

On what was nicknamed "Black Sunday", France’s left was given a drubbing in the polls and lost more than 150 major towns, mostly to the opposition right.

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