Politicians battle for votes in France
Candidates take campaign trail to northern areas that have borne brunt of country's economic problems.
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2012 12:11

Contenders for the French presidency are competing for support in the country's north where the economic crisis has hit hardest.
Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, is trying to win new supporters there with her emphasis on jobs and industry.
But polls show she has already been overtaken by the leader of the Leftist Alliance.  

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Northern France.

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