Far right scents power as tense France braces for snap vote

PARIS: A divided France prepared Saturday for a high-stakes parliamentary election in which Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration and eurosceptic party could come to power for the first time. Candidates ended their hectic three-week campaigns at midnight on Friday, and political activity was banned until the first round of voting on Sunday. Voting begins on Saturday in France’s overseas territories spanning the globe, with residents of the tiny archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, located off the coast of Canada, casting their votes from 10:00 GMT.

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