France's far-right National Front (FN) has been beaten into third place in the second round of regional elections, exit polls indicate.
Early results suggest the party failed to win a single region, despite leading in six of 13 regions in the first round of votes a week ago.
The polls suggest Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right Republican party is in the lead, ahead of the ruling Socialists.
FN leader Marine Le Pen and her niece were both candidates.
Early projections suggest both have failed to be elected, even though they had both looked to have won more than 40% of the vote in the first round.
After the first round results, the Socialist Party had withdrawn its candidates from the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie where Ms Le Pen was standing, and in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur in the south where Marion Marechal-Le Pen was standing, in order to shore up the vote against the FN.
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