EU elections: Early projections

The far-right National Front (FN) is leading the elections in France with around 25% of the vote, initial projections said on Sunday. It’s the best-ever results for the Marine Le Pen-led anti-immigration, anti-EU party, which won just 6.3% five years ago.

The center-right opposition Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), meanwhile, had 21% of the vote. The ruling Socialist party of President Francois Hollande was trailing in third place with between 14.1% – 14.7%.

Voters in 21 of the 28 EU countries – including Italy and France – went to the polls to elect 600 of Europe’s 751 parliamentarians on “Super Sunday.”

The four-day vote began on Thursday in Britain and the Netherlands.

German projections showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU party leading in the European elections with 36.1% of the vote, ahead of their center-left junior coalition partners the SPD at 27.6%.

Germany elects 96 members of parliament.

The Green party was at 10.9%, the Left party at 7.8% and the euroskeptic AfD at 6.5% – giving the party seats in parliament for the first time.