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With far right rising, France holds urgent meeting

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande is holding an emergency meeting with top government ministers on Monday, after the far right National Front emerged as France's most popular party in voting for the European Parliament.

 

Hollande's Socialist Party finished a distant third in Sunday's voting. He summoned a special meeting to address the results, which Prime Minister Manuel Valls called an "earthquake."

 

The National Front led sweeping gains for far right and Euroskeptic parties in the European Parliament elections Sunday. Many voters, however, cast ballots for domestic reasons, to express disappointment in mainstream national parties. (AP)