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French socialists beat Sarkozy's UMP in council poll

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French socialists beat Sarkozy's UMP in council poll

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France’s opposition Socialist Party has taken 50 percent of the vote in council elections, soundly beating President Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party.

The National Front, under new leader Marine Le Pen, scored a record 11 percent.

The polls are seen as the last big test of opinion before the April 2012 presidential election.