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BBC World Service - Newshour, French far right seeks vote win but deadlock looms

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France is voting in one of its most significant elections in years, with the far right hoping for a historic victory, but with political stalemate the more likely result. Large numbers of French people are voting in the second round of parliamentary elections. Turnout at midday was the highest in over forty years. Attention is focused on whether the far-right National Rally can win an absolute majority. Also in the programme: Reports quoting Hamas sources say the militant group has accepted Washington's proposal to begin talks on releasing Israeli hostages; and for how much longer can Joe Biden resist pressure to stand aside as the Democratic party's presidential candidate?

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