Today (21 March) was the decisive second round of the French nationwide local elections. Since?
GV Ext. Voting Hall with posters (2 shots)
CU ZOOM to SV People taking voting slips
CU Voting booth, with people coming out (2 shots)
SV & CU Voters having identity checked and casting votes in ballot box (2 shots)
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Background: Today (21 March) was the decisive second round of the French nationwide local elections. Since last Sunday's first round of voting, the Communist and Socialist parties agreed to back single lists in many areas in a determined bid to defeat the Gaullists. The new-found unity of the Left and the wish of the Gaullists to strengthen its hold over local polities, always tenuous, have turned the elections into the biggest head-on clash between the two sides since the government took power 20 months ago.