French PM’s victory cigar proves a little premature

After hearing that the far-right National Front had not come out on top in Sunday’s local elections, French PM Manuel Valls is said to have sat back and smoked a cigar. However there’s more than one reason why Valls may have lit up prematurely.

Much has been made about how Marine Le Pen’s National Front failed to live up to expectations in the first round of the vote in France’s local elections on Sunday.

In the run-up to Sunday’s vote to elect representatives in France’s 101 “departements” , the FN (Front National), as the party is known in France, was expected to gain over 30 percent of the vote, according to polls.

But in the end an alliance led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy took first place in Sunday’s first-round polling with 29.4 percent of the vote, while the FN came second with 25.2 percent, according to latest figures from the interior ministry.

The Socialists trailed in third with an estimated 21.9 percent…

…Following the results there was much talk of the wheels having come off the Le Pen bandwagon, but portraying the outcome of the first round as a failure for the party leader is missing the point, and talk of Le Pen’s powers being on the wane is premature to say the least.

For a start, although figures show the centre-right UMP-UDI alliance picked up around 30 percent of the vote compared to 25.2 percent for the FN, if the results are analysed a different way then things look a lot rosier for Le Pen.

Figures from the Ministry of Interior reveal a more detailed breakdown party by party and when the centre-right alliance is broken up into individual parties like the UMP (Sarkozy), Union de la Droite and UDI, then the FN (National Front, Le Pen), which makes no political alliances, comes out on top after having polled 3,196,917 votes…


  • Dana Garcia

    Good grief!

    And people complain about America’s electoral college system.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s pretty complicated and this not the presidential election either. I’m not sure what it is!

  • I noticed that – how all the French media were always quoting the sum of UMP-UDI and never telling us what their separate scores were. It was obvious all along that they were all committed to the spin that FN did not come first. It is amazing how journalists with one voice fake reality whenever they find it convenient. When will they ever learn to speak truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and acknowledge the sovereignty of the people instead of patronizing us and leading us on.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Leftists make up their own facts to fit the narrative.
      Like how when Harper won the election with nearly forty percent of the vote.
      The left clings to the fact that sixty percent of Canadians didn’t vote Conservative.
      Yes, factually true but not the point.
      Harper won the election by getting more votes than any other party.

      • Yes, that is another trick. When it suits them (to put down the opposition), they look at the whole electorate: and when it suits them (to lift up their bunch), they look only at those who voted.

  • cmh

    France has shown they will never change regardless of who governs. They love their identity no matter how eroded it is.