Jewish leaders in France have called for a "civic uprising" against the far-right National Front in the upcoming second round of regional elections. Their appeal has been joined by Muslim and women's rights groups.

The National Front took nearly 28 percent of the national votes in the first round of the regional elections on Sunday and topped the polls in six of the country's 13 regions.

They look set to win control of at least two regions in the second round of voting on Sunday.

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