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French far-right in pole position for bellwether by-election

French far-right Front National (FN) party candidate Laurent Lopez leaves a polling booth prior to cast his ballot during the second round of a local by-election on October 13, 2013 in Brignoles, southern FranceFrance's far-right Front National (FN) was in pole position Sunday to win a bellwether by-election expected to cement the party's status as a political force to be reckoned with by capitalising on economic gloom and fears of rising crime.