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The ebola virus is a solution for "too many" migrants, says Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder  of France's far-right Front National party. (Photo by Blandine Le Cain)
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of France's far-right Front National party. (Photo by Blandine Le Cain)
Eurosceptic and far-right parties have seized ground in elections to the European parliament, in what France's PM called a "political earthquake."

By BCC
UK Independence Party and French National Front both performed strongly. The three big centrist blocs all lost seats, though still hold the majority.

The outcome means a greater say for those who want to cut back the EU's powers, or abolish it completely.


UK PM David Cameron said the public was "disillusioned" with the EU.

Mr Cameron said their message was "received and understood".

French President Francois Hollande has called an urgent meeting of his cabinet, as Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised tax cuts a day after the results which he described as "a shock, an earthquake".

Chancellor Angela Merkel - whose party topped the poll in Germany - described the far right victories as "remarkable and regrettable" and said the best response was to boost economic growth and jobs.

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