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Avignon Festival future threatened over far-right
Avignon Festival director threatens to relocate if far-right win municipal elections
By THOMAS ADAMSON
Associated Press
2014-03-24 11:01 PM

PARIS (AP) -- The director of one of the world's biggest theater festivals, the Avignon Festival, has threatened to relocate it from the southeastern French city if the country's far-right National Front party wins this week's municipal elections there.

The anti-immigration party came on top in Sunday's first round of elections with 29.6 percent, less than one percent above the Socialists.

Olivier Py said on France Info Monday that it would be "unimaginable" to work with a National Front council, and that should one be elected, "it will be necessary to leave. There will be no other solution." The Avignon festival dates from the 1940s.

Py said Avignon was a deeply multicultural city.

Who wins control of the local government will be decided this Sunday in a run off.

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