French voters will head to the polls on Sunday for a second round of local elections that are expected to bring more bad news for the country's ruling socialists.
In the first round, the Socialist Party had a surprise defeat in the town of Henin Beaumont, where the far-right National Front mayoral candidate scored an outright win.
The National Front, historically a xenophobic party which whose former leader, Jean Marie Le Pen, described the Holocaust as a "detail" of the Second World War, has recently made gains by tapping into widespread belief that mainstream parties have abandoned working class voters.
Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports from Henin Beaumont.
Source: Al Jazeera