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Eurosceptic parties cause 'earthquake' at EU polls

Published on May 26, 2014 12:51 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - France's far-right National Front and Britain's UKIP led a eurosceptic "earthquake" in EU parliamentary polls, sending shockwaves across Europe and beyond.

The EU Parliament's own projections early on Monday showed the extent of the anti-EU breakthrough, with eurosceptic parties set to win around 140 seats in the 751-seat assembly.

The most emphatic results from the four days of polling across the 28-nation bloc, which ended on Sunday, came on both sides of the British Channel.

In France, the far-right National Front (FN) won just shy of 25 per cent of the vote, according to official figures, securing 24 of France's 74 seats on the EU parliament, with nearly all results in.

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