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Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party facing regional poll defeat


Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right UMP party appears to be heading for defeat in French regional elections.

Initial results suggest the opposition Socialist party has taken a strong lead in the first round of voting.

The French leader had sought to play down the importance of the vote, insisting it was only about regional issues.

Emma Jane Kirby reports.


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