French President Francois Hollande casts his ballot in high-stakes regional elections, three weeks after the deadly Paris attacks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) French President Francois Hollande voted in high-stakes regional elections on Sunday (December 7), just three weeks after deadly Islamic State militant attacks in Paris that could bring strong gains for the far-right National Front. The National Front (FN) may lead in as many as six out of 13 regions after the first round on Sunday. Like other anti-immigration, anti-EU parties across Europe, the FN is also likely to benefit from worries over the refugee crisis to win at least one region, and possibly more, in a conclusive run-off on December 13, opinion polls show. Even winning one regional council would be a major victory for the FN which has never had control of such constituencies. The Socialists, who now rule France and control most regions, are set to lose most councils to either ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives or the FN, despite a boost in Hollande's popularity ratings from his handling of the attacks.