A minor consolation for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists on a dreadful night in the French local elections is the anticipated victory in the Paris town hall for their candidate Anne Hidalgo, who will become the city's first female mayor.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has tweeted:
On a truly terrible night for Pres Hollande, it does look like the socialist Anne Hildago will be the 1st female mayor of Paris. #france
TV exit polls placed Ms Hidalgo on 54.5 per cent, which will see her retain control of the French capital's town hall for the Socialists.
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