France’s municipal voting to test government grip

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Women walk past of a campaign poster for the upcoming municipal elections of the conservative UMP party candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in Paris, Friday, March 21, 2014. Two women are at war to be the new face of Paris, the first time in this city’s long history that the mayor won’t be a man. Municipal elections will take place on March 23 and 30 throughout France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Women walk past of a campaign poster for the upcoming municipal elections of the conservative UMP party candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in Paris, Friday, March 21, 2014. Two women are at war to be the new face of Paris, the first time in this city’s long history that the mayor won’t be a man. Municipal elections will take place on March 23 and 30 throughout France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen, right, and Secretary General of the National Front Steve Briois campaign for the municipal elections in Henin-Beaumont northern France, Friday, March 21, 2014. Marine Le Pen sees political gold in the abandoned coal mines of northern France that once pumped life, jobs and an identity into places like Henin-Beaumont, a bleak town that the far-right leader says is the avant-garde of her anti-immigration party’s march to power. Municipal elections will take place on March 23 and 30 throughout France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Socialist candidate for the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, smiles during a meeting as part of her electoral campaign, in Paris, Thursday, March. 20, 2014. Municipal elections will take place on March 23 and 30 throughout France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Socialist candidate for the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, left, speaks to the Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe, right, during a meeting as part of her electoral campaign, in Paris, Thursday, March. 20, 2014. Municipal elections will take place on March 23 and 30 throughout France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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