Far-right National Front set to surge in French local elections
America isn’t the only country with wingnuts who have enough popular support to threaten liberal values and the nation’s freedom. Agence France-Presse reports on a disturbing development in France.
French voters went to the polls on Sunday in the first round of local elections set to represent a landmark for women in politics and, possibly, for the far-right National Front.
The first nationwide vote since Francois Hollande’s 2012 election as president took place with the ruling Socialists battling record unpopularity and the main opposition UMP party grappling with scandals embroiling former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Against that backdrop, polls have suggested around one in four voters are considering casting their votes for Marine Le Pen’s National Front (FN), setting the scene for what could be a breakthrough election for the anti-immigration, anti-EU party led by the daughter of its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen.