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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy

The Socialist support to Sarkozy’s rebraned Republicans drains far-right National Front’s bid to gain power in French regions

Republican Leader and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy  (File)
Republican Leader and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (File)

France’s far-right National Front (FN) has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal elections, BBC reported.  The party was beaten into third place, despite leading in six of 13 regions in the first round of voting on 6 December.

The Socialists pulled their party out of both races and it appears that many voters cast ballots to prevent the once-pariah National Front from gaining power.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right Republicans finished ahead of the ruling Socialists. Acknowledging defeat, FN leader Marine Le Pen pledged to keep fighting.

And she blamed the outcome on the mainstream parties which had colluded to keep the FN from power, telling her supporters they had been “disenfranchised in the most indecent of ways by a campaign of lies and disinformation”.

Winning control of any region would have been an unprecedented boost for the National Front – and especially for Le Pen’s hopes for the presidency in 2017.

 

 

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