French President Francois Hollande attends a meeting with Nobel Prize laureates who handed him a declaration signed by 72 Nobel prize laureates at Elysee Palace in Paris on December 7, 2015. / AFP / POOL / PHILIPPE WOJAZER
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French President Francois Hollande called Wednesday for unity following the record showing of the far-right National Front in regional polls, which have left traditional parties divided over how to fight back.French presidents are meant to stay above the fray of party politics, and Hollande's intervention demonstrated the depth of the crisis gripping the political elite after the National Front (FN) topped polls in the first round last Sunday.The FN attacks me much more than all the others put together," Sarkozy told France Inter radio.But he said there was nothing "immoral" about voting FN and that people's choices had to be respected.That contrasts sharply with Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has depicted the contest with the FN as a war for France's soul.
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