National Front rally in Paris

National Front rally outside the Palais Garnier Opera House Credit: Mark Nelson/ITV News

Supporters of France's far-right National Front party are celebrating their traditional "Joan of Arc Day" rally in Paris. The party leader Marine Le Pen addressed the crowd telling supporters to make up their own minds about who to vote for in the May 6th election run off.

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