France local elections: conservatives hold off National Front

France’s centre-right UMP and its allies have taken first place in the first round of local elections, partial results suggest.

They pushed the far-right National Front into second, with President Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialists falling back into third.

Voters are electing representatives in 101 departments, or counties, charged with issues like schools and welfare.

A second round of voting will take place in a week’s time.

Mr Hollande’s third place in the partial results follow on from defeats for the Socialists in municipal and EU elections last year.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘France’s centre-right UMP and its allies….’

    After they win, the media will start referring to them as ‘far-right’ in an attempt to demonize them.

  • What does this mean for the elections in 2017?

    Sarkozy may come back. Le Pen might be the voters’ protest against Hollande:

  • Jay Currie

    Problem with LePen is that she is right on a few things but economically weird and not very small “l” liberal on a lot of things. Better than Hollande but so is my dog. She is not a solution the French are too excited about embracing.

    Sarky is smart and more in tune with the few remaining aspiring class people in France.