The close of polls in France has heralded a strong victory for National Front (Front Nationale) in France’s first round of the regional elections this year. In national results, the FN, led by Marine Le Pen, took 28% of the vote ahead of the conservative Les Republicains Party of Nicolaus Sarkozy, with the Socialist Party (PS) of Francois Hollande in a distant 3rd. It marks the first time the FN has won the majority in a region of France, and cements the party, characterized as extremely right and Euroskeptic, as a rising force in the nation. The Paris attacks and refugees, has emboldened Le Pen’s party to attack Hollande and the EU as making France weak. Le Pen has called the result “magnificent.” The second round is scheduled for December 13.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”fr” dir=”ltr”>Black: Front National. Blue: Les Républicains (mainstream conservatives). Pink: Socialists (thx to <a href=”https://twitter.com/lemondefr”>@lemondefr</a>) <a href=”https://t.co/Q6leeit8xX”>pic.twitter.com/Q6leeit8xX</a></p>— Pierre Briançon (@pierrebri) <a href=”https://twitter.com/pierrebri/status/673793033725440000″>December 7, 2015</a></blockquote>
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