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France's National Front hails poll breakthrough [Socialists crash & burn]
the local (France) ^ | 30 Mar 2014 22:43 GMT+02:00

Posted on 03/30/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

France's ruling Socialist Party suffered humiliating losses on a day dubbed "Black Sunday" in a local vote marked by breakthrough successes for the far-right National Front and the historic election of a first female mayor of Paris.

On a day dubbed "Black Sunday" by one Socialist lawmaker, the National Front (FN) won control of at least fourteen towns, according to the interior ministry and was on track to claim 1,200 municipal council seats nationwide, its best ever showing at the grassroots level of French politics.

It was also a night to savour for France's main opposition, the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).

The party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy performed strongly across the country, seizing control of a string of towns and cities, including some once considered bastions of the left.

In a rare consolation for President Francois Hollande's party, the Socialists held on to control of Paris, where Anne Hidalgo, 54, will become the first female mayor of the French capital after a victory that was far more comfortable than anyone had expected.

But Limoges, a town that had been run by the left for 102 years, fell to the UMP, as did Toulouse, the Champagne capital Reims and Saint Etienne, as well as dozens of other smaller urban centres.

"It has been a black Sunday," said Socialist deputy Jean-Christophe Cambadelis.

Candidates backed by Marine Le Pen's FN secured the mayor's seat in the mid-sized southern towns of Beziers and Frejus and other smaller towns, adding to its first-round victory in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont.

"We have moved onto a new level," Le Pen claimed. "There is now a third major political force in our country." The historic festival city of Avignon, where the FN had headed the first round vote, remained under left-wing control and Le Pen's party also failed to win the northeastern town of Forbach and the southern city of Perpignan, both of which had been amongst their top objectives.

An OpinionWay poll for Le Figaro suggested the UMP and its allies had taken 45 percent of the votes cast nationwide in municipalities of more than 1,000 residents, while the Socialists and other left-wing parties took 43 percent and the FN, which was only standing in a small number of communes, registered seven percent.

A 'severe warning'

"We have had a very severe warning," acknowledged Segolene Royal, Hollande's former partner who is tipped for a return to government in the reshuffle that is expected to follow in the wake of Sunday's rout.

The Socialists were not helped by a turnout estimated at around 62 percent of the electorate, which is low by French local election standards and was largely explained by large numbers of left-leaning voters staying at home.

The FN's success at these elections has been widely interpreted as reflecting exasperation among voters with the Hollande government.

The Socialists' failure to get a stagnant economy moving and reverse the upward march of unemployment is seen as having aggravated anger over other issues, such as crime and immigration, and increased disillusionment with mainstream politicians of all stripes.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is widely expected to be made the principal scapegoat for the government's failures when Hollande takes stock on Monday morning. "The message the voters have sent is very clear and must be clearly heard," Ayrault said.

Popular Interior Minister Manuel Valls, a dapper and tough-talking character who has broad appeal across the political spectrum, is the favourite to replace him.

Adding a bit of soap opera drama to proceedings is the likelihood of a comeback by Royal following the president's separation from girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler in January.

Trierweiler, who was dumped after it emerged Hollande was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, had reportedly wielded a veto over Royal's mooted inclusion in Hollande's first cabinet.

Now however, the mother of Hollande's four children is being tipped to get a major new portfolio spanning education, science and youth.

The FN meanwhile faces a test of its ability to run the towns it has won. That has generally not been the case when the party has secured a handful of mayoral positions in the past. Le Pen, who has made strenuous efforts to forge a new, more respectable image for the party founded by her father Jean-Marie, is looking to establish a local base that will allow the FN to prove it is more than a protest movement in the run-up to the 2017 presidential election.

Le Pen, who took over the FN leadership in 2011, has been credited with broadening the appeal of a party regarded as taboo by many voters in light of her father's repeated convictions for Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fn; france; franceelection; nationalfront; parismayor; socialists

1 posted on 03/30/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: Cincinna

Gallic Ping.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 3:49:52 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

OUCH!!! LOL


3 posted on 03/30/2014 3:53:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

Indeed! That is an old-fashioned whoopin’


4 posted on 03/30/2014 3:54:45 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
But Limoges, a town that had been run by the left for 102 years, fell to the UMP...

That's gonna leave a mark.
5 posted on 03/30/2014 4:00:18 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

They have voter ID in France?


6 posted on 03/30/2014 4:01:54 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Army Air Corps

They are still probably blaming the guy who had office 103 yrs ago.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 4:02:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

buisson la faute


8 posted on 03/30/2014 4:03:26 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This is encouraging news. Though the hour is late, there is still time for the west to step back from the precipice.

The left has done much to destroy civilization during the 20th century, and unless the free people of the world stand strong against the social momentum carrying our nations deeper into the abyss then the 21st century will be far bloodier, darker, and fouler than the 20th.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 4:05:34 PM PDT by jameslalor
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To: driftdiver

“Jacque’s fault!”


10 posted on 03/30/2014 4:06:02 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Jacques’ Fault, that is...


11 posted on 03/30/2014 4:06:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; GeronL

Good day for the UMP and the Le Peniancs, bad day for the Socialists, but they hold on to the Mayoralty of Paris.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 4:17:28 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The pro-french socialist beat the anti-french socialist.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 4:19:00 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy performed strongly across the country, seizing control of a string of towns and cities, including some once considered bastions of the left.

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Excellent! Bon pour la France!

14 posted on 03/30/2014 4:23:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

So it starts—the hard right turn of Europe. Today Europe! Tomarrow the World! “Somewhere a glory is waiting, Tomarrow belong to me!”


15 posted on 03/30/2014 4:49:53 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

The last few elections, France has gone the opposite of us.

Shitlery will be elected in 2016.

You ain’t seen nuttin yet.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 4:53:38 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right in France.

17 posted on 03/30/2014 5:07:23 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

“Far Right” to the Left means they won’t knuckle under to Sharia law.

Nice to see people here parroting the Left’s line.


18 posted on 03/30/2014 5:28:45 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Army Air Corps

That France we surrender don’t kick our butt smackdown LOL!


19 posted on 03/30/2014 6:17:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

They are eating stronger cheese now. That’s a start.


20 posted on 03/30/2014 6:18:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Regulator

Well it is relative. The US’s “far right” would look like monsters to France.


21 posted on 03/30/2014 6:19:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: bicyclerepair

The only way the GOP won’t look like a farce if it’s to be a cat fight — is to get its own cat in the fight. Right now that would be Sarah Palin. I don’t know who else would want to do it.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The “Far Right” parties are just racist socialists.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 6:21:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Le fromage plus fort!


24 posted on 03/30/2014 6:22:26 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Beaucoup plus fort.


25 posted on 03/30/2014 6:23:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Army Air Corps

It’s like those French have a different word for everything.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 6:23:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Mais oui!


27 posted on 03/30/2014 6:23:46 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dfwgator

Heh, those sneaky devils! :-)


28 posted on 03/30/2014 6:24:24 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: dfwgator

Viva la difference (oh, that’s about the sexes... and France hasn’t gone in for gay as much as the US has).


29 posted on 03/30/2014 6:25:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes. In addition, you have a Carte Eectorale.


30 posted on 03/30/2014 6:25:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Wait till the Moose whine that they are too dumb to do that.


31 posted on 03/30/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Carte électorale, that is...


32 posted on 03/30/2014 6:27:33 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Unfortunately judging from when I went to Paris, they certainly have gone Arab....You hear a lot more Arabic than French in Paris these days.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 6:27:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Army Air Corps

I figured.

Stronger cheese, voter ID, and mirabile dictu, no gay marriage.

This France is becoming an overnight wonder.


34 posted on 03/30/2014 6:28:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s Rassism - Jesse Jackson


35 posted on 03/30/2014 6:28:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Harassism.


36 posted on 03/30/2014 6:29:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: dfwgator

Those borrow-a-bicycle dealies... they had any suicide bombings on one yet?


37 posted on 03/30/2014 6:31:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Good news bump!


38 posted on 03/30/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Steely Tom

All French citizens 16 and older must carry a National Identity Card on their person at all times. They can be stopped at any time, without any reason (no 4th Amendment in France). I have been stopped many times while lving there.


39 posted on 03/30/2014 10:25:56 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA NO CLINTON ***)
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To: Cincinna
(no 4th Amendment in France). I have been stopped many times while lving there.

Stoop in the neme of the lieu.

40 posted on 03/30/2014 10:28:28 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

There is comparison of the American Conservative movement which is pro-liberty, pro-individual freedom, small government, lower taxes, and the National Front of Marine le Pen, which is a statist party, which believes in a collective socialist welfare state, not individual liberty and responsibility. The FN is closer to the a national Socialists, and has ties to neo-nazi movements all over Europe.
MLP is not the answer to France’s problem.


41 posted on 03/30/2014 10:31:49 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA NO CLINTON ***)
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To: dfwgator

Exactly!


42 posted on 03/30/2014 10:32:19 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA NO CLINTON ***)
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To: Cincinna

That should read THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN ANERICAN CONSERVATIVES AND THE NATIONAL FRON


43 posted on 03/30/2014 10:34:02 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA NO CLINTON ***)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"It has been a black Sunday," said Socialist deputy Jean-Christophe Cambadelis.

Such racism!

44 posted on 03/30/2014 10:43:40 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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