THE Socialist government has been given a bloodied nose by finishing in third place in a parliamentary by-election to replace disgraced minister Jérôme Cahuzac.
In Sunday's vote in Villeneuve-sur-Lot (Lot-et-Garonne) the second-round run off will be between the UMP party representative and a member of the far-right National Front (FN).
It would appear that the damage done by Jérôme Cahuzac, who was forced out of the finance ministry for tax-dodging, is going to take some time to shake off for François Hollande and the Socialist party (PS).
First round results:
UMP - 28.7%; FN - 26%; PS - 23.6%.