France local elections: Socialists lose heavily - early results
31 March 2014 Last updated at 05:46 BST
French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to change his government after his Socialist party's heavy defeat in municipal elections on Sunday.
Dozens of towns and cities that were controlled by the left fell to the right-wing opposition UMP, but the Socialists held onto Paris.
Wendy Urquhart reports.