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French vote boosts Sarkozy's UMP

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France's ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has recorded a clear victory in the country's European poll, as voters turned away from the far-right National Front (FN).

The UMP reversed the result of the 2004 election by taking 29% of the vote. The opposition Socialist Party (PS) were second with 17%. Last time, the Socialists had 29% and the UMP nearly 17%. The Greens came in third this year with 15%.

Christine Lagarde spoke to the BBC about why, unlike in France, the the far-right has polled well in some European nations.

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