FRONT NATIONAL, led by Marine Le Pen, is confident about securing what political commentators have described as a ‘breakthrough election’ for an increasingly popularist party which the left likes to call an “extremist, anti-immigration and anti-EU party.”
IB Times Le Pen secured 17.9% of the national vote in the first round of the presidential elections two years ago, coming third behind Nicolas Sarkozy and the winner Francois Hollande. But early polls suggest she is more popular now, having broadened the appeal of the party, and may be set to capitalise on her wider appeal in this month’s local elections.
Success in the local elections would represent a huge turnaround. The two-round local elections are the first chance French voters have had to go to the polls since Francois Hollande’s 2012 elections. His socialist Government currently has record unpopularity levels and has performed poorly with voters on the economy, and this is expected to produce votes for other parties out of “rebellion”, National Front candidate Francis Mouche told the Financial Times.