Front National on course to make history in French regional elections

The far-Right Front National (FN) was on Sunday night on course to make historic gains in regional elections in France, held in a state of emergency just three weeks after terror attacks that killed 130.

After a campaign overshadowed by the refugee crisis and security fears in the wake of the Isil attacks in Paris, early estimates suggested the FN had fared even better than expected by coming first in six out of 13 “super-regions” in round one with the run-off next Sunday. Voter turnout was low on around 50 per cent.

It won the largest slice of the national vote – on around 30 per cent compared to around 27 per cent for the Right and its allies and around 23 per cent for the ruling Socialists leading Marine Le Pen, its leader to declare the FN “without contest the first party of France”.

  • simus1

    If she is really clever, offering to give Calais back to the English before she puts all intruders there to the sword could strike the right note of semi serious mockery of all Euroweenies and their muslim pet strays.

  • Petrilia

    Go Marine and Your niece Marion, too. This would never work in Canada, but if that’s how they do it good luck.:

    • David Murrell

      Go Marie!!

  • Petrilia

    That is why we hate pizza parliaments. I m a firm believed in first past the post even when I loathe the outcome.

  • Brett_McS

    The “conservatives” and the (official) socialists will team up to keep Le Pen out of power.

    • Doug Kursk

      Soon, they won’t have the numbers to stop her

      • Brett_McS

        Yes, it’s a stop-gap solution that will backfire in the longer term, but they don’t think that far ahead.

    • John

      That is exactly what’s happening. All of a sudden political formations that have long touted their policy and ideological ‘differences’ have seen those differences disappear in a single day….in an effort to block the FN.

      France’s much vaunted political plurality has been a fraud, a mirage, for decades now. It’s been exposed and the fun’s over.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Let’s hope ‘Submission’ isn’t prescient and the left parties and the Muslims don’t bad together.