French elections analysis: despite its defeat, the Front National is still rising

Down but by no means out, the Front National may have failed to clinch a single region in France but it still has the wind in its sails after smashing its previous record in a national election.

There is no denying that the result is a disappointment for Marine Le Pen, but her claim that “nothing can stop us” is more than mere hyperbole.

The far-Right won 6.6 million votes on Sunday. That is almost 200,000 more than for leader Marine Le Pen in the 2012 presidential elections despite a far lower turnout this time – down 20 percentage points.

  • pdxnag

    So, the goal of the brilliant strategy is reduced to this: Islam Must Win.

  • Though the FN’s failure to win a single region is a great disappointment, nevertheless this election has placed a great many FN people in the regional councils across France – in the opposition, to be sure, but still with some weight.

  • Solo712

    I think Marine Le Pen knows, despite the brave face she tries to put on it, that she will get nowhere near the presidency in 2017. The establishment simply will not allow it and will collaborate across the political median to keep her out. Yesterday, the Socialists dropped candidates in three regions altogether (including Nord Pas Calais-Picardie where she ran personally) and supported the rival Republicans to defeat FN. I don’t think this is going to be any different in 2017. FN will not gain absolute voter majority, that’s clear, so it will kept out by maximum MSM hostility and ad-hoc coalitions whose only goal is to keep FN from assuming power.

    • winniec

      There is no inevitability of a repeat. The Left may quarrel.

  • simus1

    The rent seekers need more time to evaluate how to profit from coming changes.

  • Xavier

    Just like Trump, every terrorist attack will make them more popular.