French PM warns far-right could win 2017 vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Sunday that the far-right Front National (FN) party could win the next presidential election in 2017, saying their policies were a “disaster” for the country.

“Do you not think that a FN which wins 25 percent in European elections and maybe 30 percent in local elections… cannot win the presidential election?” Valls said on French television channel iTele.

“Not in 2022, not in 2029, but in 2017,” he added.

Polls showed that the FN could win an “unprecedented” score in forthcoming local elections on March 22nd and 29th, Valls said.

According to an OpinionWay survey for Metronews and LCI published on Friday, the opposition right-wing UMP party would win 29 percent in the first round of the local elections, just ahead of the FN which was credited with 28 percent of the vote…

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