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France's far-right fails to win a council but increases seats in local elections

  • French far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen talks to the media at party headquarters, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Nanterre, western Paris, France. French voters are choosing members of local councils in run off elections Sunday seen as a test for the far right National Front, which is expanding its presence in French politics. The mainstream conservative UMP party came out ahead in the first round, ahead of the National Front and the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    French far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen talks to the media at party headquarters, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Nanterre, western Paris, France. French voters are choosing members of local councils in run off elections Sunday seen as a test for the far right National Front, which is expanding its presence in French politics. The mainstream conservative UMP party came out ahead in the first round, ahead of the National Front and the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

  • French far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen smiles after a news conference at party headquarters, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Nanterre, western Paris, France. French voters are choosing members of local councils in run off elections Sunday seen as a test for the far right National Front, which is expanding its presence in French politics. The mainstream conservative UMP party came out ahead in the first round, ahead of the National Front and the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    French far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen smiles after a news conference at party headquarters, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Nanterre, western Paris, France. French voters are choosing members of local councils in run off elections Sunday seen as a test for the far right National Front, which is expanding its presence in French politics. The mainstream conservative UMP party came out ahead in the first round, ahead of the National Front and the governing Socialists. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen says she was satisfied with her party's performance in local council elections, though it won just 62 of the 4,108 seats at stake.

Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party and allies took control of 66 of the 98 councils at the expense of the left, according to the Interior ministry.

In an interview Monday with radio RTL, Le Pen noted that her party won just a single seat in 2011. She said: "I obviously express my satisfaction. We have multiplied by 62 our number of elected councilors."

It's the latest in a series of elections that have expanded the National Front's presence in French politics, part of Le Pen's strategy toward a 2017 presidential campaign.