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>> It's only a 90 minute train ride, but the trip from the heart of Paris into the French countryside bridges a political divide leaving big city voters behind and going deep into bastions of support for the National Front Party. And its anti-establishment, anti-immigrant, presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen.
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Reuters' Johnny Cotton rode those rails.>> You don't have to go very far to see the difference between these two perspectives. In Paris, they vote for the Front National is pretty quite low. And if you speak to people around the Gare de Lyon train station, which we did, they don't agree with Marine Le Pen very much.
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They don't agree with her values very much, and they're not planning on voting for her. All you need to do is hop on a train, and the further away you go, that feeling of abandonment, that feeling of being a bit outside of politics continues. And so according to the voting patterns, the Front National vote rises.
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>> Our first stop is just 19 minutes outside the city, in a less glitzy landscape. Unemployment here is over 50% higher than the national average.>>
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> The French economy isn't working. We should have borders, because what has it really brought us?>> Regardless with the election less than a month away, Le Pen still seen as a long shot.
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One woman told us she moved here for a cheaper living. Now, she's looking for work.>>
00:01:39
The most recent poll suggesting she'll survive the first round of votes against Centrist, Emmanuel Macron, and Conservative, Francois Fillon. But then she's expected to lose by a landslide, and run off to either candidate. The chances of a shock victory like Brexit, or the election of US President Donald Trump, now in the hands of these French beyond Paris' sprawl.