"National Front" has taken the second place, ahead of the ruling Socialists.
These results are suggested by exit polls, reports Deutsche Welle.
Thus, Sarkozy's party and its allies were supported by 29.2-31% of voters. Its main competitor of UMP – right-populist "National Front" (FN) led by Marine Le Pen came second, receiving 24.5-26.3% of votes. The third place was taken by the ruling Socialist party (PS), which around 20% of the vote.
According to the edition, the results show disappointment of Francois Hollande's policies, who has not fulfilled its promises to reduce unemployment.
Earlier, surveys predicted victory to "National Front", which is known for its loyal attitude towards the policies of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The second round of local elections will be held next week, on March 29.
Marine Le Pen denied that her political force received 40 million euro loan from Russia. It has got only 9 million euro.Source: Deutsche Welle