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France: Le Pen casts local election vote, is optimistic about FN's performance01:21

France: Le Pen casts local election vote, is optimistic about FN's performance

France, Henin-Beaumont
March 22, 2015 at 20:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, cast her vote in France's local elections in the northern city of Henin-Beaumont, Sunday. Le Pen declared that her party had shown it was a "great force within local spheres" and has already had the ability to "unite millions of French people." The Front National is predicted to make big gains after polling suggested the ruling Socialist Party will suffer another setback, after defeats in the 2014 EU and municipal elections.

Sunday will see the first of two rounds of voting, with the second taking place on March 29. A low turnout is expected in the first round of voting, as voters are disillusioned with the limited powers of local councilors, according to opinion polls. French President Francois Hollande is reported to have promised to reform the system in response.

Marine Le Pen is one of many women standing in the elections due to the fact that for the first time in French politics, 50 percent of the seats will be contested by female candidates. This is the first incarnation of recent electoral reforms by the Socialist Party, which made it compulsory for councils to elect both a female and male councilor with both candidates standing on the same ballot, known as a binome which means 'partner' in English.

France: Le Pen casts local election vote, is optimistic about FN's performance01:21
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Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, cast her vote in France's local elections in the northern city of Henin-Beaumont, Sunday. Le Pen declared that her party had shown it was a "great force within local spheres" and has already had the ability to "unite millions of French people." The Front National is predicted to make big gains after polling suggested the ruling Socialist Party will suffer another setback, after defeats in the 2014 EU and municipal elections.

Sunday will see the first of two rounds of voting, with the second taking place on March 29. A low turnout is expected in the first round of voting, as voters are disillusioned with the limited powers of local councilors, according to opinion polls. French President Francois Hollande is reported to have promised to reform the system in response.

Marine Le Pen is one of many women standing in the elections due to the fact that for the first time in French politics, 50 percent of the seats will be contested by female candidates. This is the first incarnation of recent electoral reforms by the Socialist Party, which made it compulsory for councils to elect both a female and male councilor with both candidates standing on the same ballot, known as a binome which means 'partner' in English.