Far-right candidate exits French elections after Nazi cap controversy

A far-right candidate on Tuesday dropped out of the race for France's parliament over a social media post showing her in a Nazi cap, a party official told French media.

France's anti-immigration National Rally (RN) party led the first round of snap elections on Sunday and is now aiming for an absolute majority in the upcoming runoff.

Other political parties are striving to prevent the far-right from gaining power in France for the first time since the Nazi occupation during World War II.

National Rally candidate

In the northwestern region of Calvados, RN candidate Ludivine Daoudi placed third in her district. However, controversy erupted online after a photo surfaced allegedly showing her wearing a Luftwaffe cap from Nazi Germany.

Chapron did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment, and efforts to reach Daoudi were unsuccessful.

(With newswires)

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