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Barack Obama’s strong showing in Tuesday’s primaries brings him closer to securing the Democratic nomination.

On Tuesday, Obama scored a resounding victory in North Carolinia and nearly pulled off an upset win in Indiana against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The results, combined with conciliatory election night speeches from both candidates, left observers and some party insiders predicting that Obama was just a few weeks from wrapping up the race.

Paris officials want to prosecute Jean-Marie Le Pen for repeating that Nazi gas chambers were a “detail in World War II history.” The National Front party leader’s controversial comments, made in an April 4 interview with French magazine Bretons, could be grounds for charging LePen with “challenging crimes against humanity and inciting racial hatred,” a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to prison and fined.

In 1987 the far right party leader was fined $284,500 for referring to the gas chambers as a minor “detail.”

Le Pen tried unsuccessfully to stop the magazine Bretons from releasing the interview, which appeared in print April 25th . He did not specify his reasons for doing so.

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