France's far-right National Front will launch a campaign to woo Muslim voters in Paris' depressed suburbs in December regional elections, according to its lead candidate in the Ile-de-France region which includes the capital.

The National Front (FN), which polls say could win around 20 percent of the region's votes, up from 9 percent in 2010, will send specially designed election leaflets by post to inhabitants of those housing projects, with a special message designed to win Muslim voters over to the party, Wallerand de Saint-Just told Reuters.

That may seem counter-intuitive for an anti-immigration party whose leader, Marine Le Pen, will go on trial later this month for comparing Muslim street prayers to wartime Nazi occupation.

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