French far-right party Front National (FN) president Marine Le Pen (L) speaks to journalists before she arrives to the FN Headquarters for a meeting in Nanterre on March 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
France's ruling Socialists Monday responded to a stinging electoral setback by unveiling plans to block a potential breakthrough by the far-right National Front (FN) in nationwide local elections.In a vote widely expected to trigger a far-reaching cabinet reshuffle by President Francois Hollande, the anti-immigration FN is on track to take control of up to 15 towns across the country following a better-than-expected showing in Sunday's first round of voting.Candidates from Marine Le Pen's FN will contest second-round, run-off votes this coming Sunday in an unprecedented 315 municipalities and are well-placed to win more than a dozen of them having already claimed one mayor's seat, in the depressed former mining town of Henin Beaumont, by claiming an overall majority at the first attempt.The FN accounted for 5 percent of votes cast nationwide but was only fielding candidates in a small number of selected municipalities.Marine Le Pen claimed the FN's success marked an end to two-party politics in France.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE