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Hollande replaces his PM after heavy local elections losses

French president Francois Hollande has sacked his prime minister and replaced him with popular interior minister Manuel Valls after the Socialist party suffered major losses to the conservatives and far-right in the local elections.

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Front Nationale tipped to gain two southern towns

Front Nationale leader Marine Le Pen has celebrated her party's success with new mayor of Henin-Beaumont, Steeve Briois. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Exit polls suggest candidates backed by France's far-right Front Nationale party are on track to claim victories in the southern towns of Beziers and Frejus in the local elections.

The FN already made a breakthrough in last week's first round of voting by winning power in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont.

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