French far-Right trounces regional elections

From the BBC:

France’s far-right National Front (FN) appears to have made big gains in the first round of regional elections, estimates show.

They put the FN ahead in at least six of 13 regions in mainland France.

The elections are the first electoral test since last month’s Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed.

The centre-right Republicans party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared to be in second place ahead of the governing Socialist Party.

Exit polls from Sunday’s vote predicted that the FN had won 30.8% of the vote, followed by Mr Sarkozy’s Republicans on 27.2% and President Francois Hollande’s Socialists with 22.7%.

FN leader Marine Le Pen, who stood in the northern region of Nord-Pas-De-Calais-Picardie, and her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen, who stood in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in the south, both looked to have won more than 40% of the vote, polls predicted, breaking previous records for the party.

Addressing supporters, Marine Le Pen said it was a “magnificent result” which proved the FN was “without contest the first party of France”.

Sunday’s first round will be followed by a run-off on 13 December.

But Mr Sarkozy said there would be no “tactical alliances” in the second round to try to counter the far-right. In previous years, the centre-right opposition and governing Socialist party have worked together to block the FN.

French regions have wide powers over local transport, education and economic development.

In the lead-up to the election, opinion polls suggested that the popularity of the anti-immigration, anti-EU National Front had increased since the attacks on 13 November.

The election has been held under a state of emergency declared after the attacks, which were claimed by Islamic State militants.

The FN is hoping a strong performance will boost Marine Le Pen’s chances for the 2017 presidential election.

Remember that FN is anti-euro and if its popularity continues to rise and it really does look like it could win the Presidency then the current trends of US dollar up and euro down will accelerate.

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  1. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    Interesting times, but really, are the socially liberal and secular french really going to embrace a facist Government ? Could such a party garner more than 30% of the popular vote?

    Then again German elits and plutocrats made Hitler Chancellor of Germany in 1933 when the Nazi party had less than 30% of the electorates support.

    Surley the Aparachiks of the modern european plutocracy in Brussels won’t alow such political shenanigans to reoccur in Europe again.
    Then again fascism may seem the lesser of 2 evils when compared to redistributive socialism.
    Time will tell.

  2. FiftiesFibroShack

    Strange situation. The threat from conservative nutjobs results in people electing the same.

    • What is so nutty about Le Pen’s policies? Tighter border control, French citizens living by French custom and law when in public, exit the Euro, closer relations with natural ally in Russia. Most of it is common sense stuff. Granted, there is probably a faction of the usual extreme loons present in most parties.

      • The Euro brings out the nuts. Russia is not an ally but a convenient bully. As to France’s ails, the are all Franc denominated. The euro is the convenient patsy, the faceless boogeyman that ZH readers love to hate. In the end we all have to face our problems and France should face theirs.

      • “Russia is not an ally but a convenient bully”

        You’d think the Warsaw pact was expanding West with a comment like this.