French voters dealt a severe blow to the Socialist government in Sunday’s municipal elections. Increasingly, the invasion of mostly Muslim immigrant hordes is proving to be the issue that matters above all others in every European country. People do not care about anything a politician is saying, as long as he or she is planning to dramatically scale back the invasion.
Breitbart (h/t Maria J) Socialist President Hollande braces for a drubbing from Marie LePen’s Front National’s historic gains. The anti-(Muslim) immigration Right, which claims that France’s large Muslim population is “Islamicizing” the nation, made solid advances, fulfilling National Front promises to begin building a grassroots base.
UK Daily Mail Fights started outside French town halls tonight as they came under the control of the far-right National Front for the first time following dramatic gains in local elections. Exit polls suggested that the anti-immigration and anti-Europe party had roundly beaten the governing Socialists in a number of key constituencies. Demonstrators are trying to get at the Front representatives and starting fights,’ said a police spokesman in Frejus, the picturesque Mediterranean town which is hugely popular with British tourists.
Frejus and nearby Beziers are now expected to have National Front (FN) mayors sworn in, along with around five other towns, following a nationwide drubbing for President Francois Hollande’s Socialists. Riot police were also out in force in other parts of the country as anti-fascist demonstrators threatened FN candidates with violence. It meant further humiliation for Mr Hollande, whose disastrous tax and spend policies have led to economic stagnation, so opening the electoral door to the FN, which is regularly accused of being racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim.
Socialist leaders conceded defeat in the final round of the voting seen as a referendum on unpopular President Francois Hollande, who was expected to reshuffle the Cabinet in an effort to give the government a boost. Hollande has earned record-low poll ratings for his failure to cure France’s flagging economy or cut into the jobless rate, which hovers around 10 percent.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced deep losses for his Socialist Party, saying it lost to the mainstream right some 50 cities of more than 30,000 it had held previously, and about 155 towns and cities of all sizes. Toulouse, France’s fourth-largest city, moved to the right.
The Right may win up to 15 towns in the voting, Valls said before results were complete. Party leader Marine Le Pen said the performance amounted to “an incontestably great success” that will give her National Front more than 1,200 local councilors — surpassing her goal.
“This vote is a defeat for the government and the (Socialist) majority,” said Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. “This message is clear … The president will draw conclusions, and he will do so in the interest of France,” he added, in a clear reference to a Cabinet reshuffle. It was unclear when a new government might be announced, or whether Ayrault would keep his job.
Le Pen’s National Front was using the two-round elections to sink local roots around France in view of national voting, including the 2017 presidential vote and May’s European parliamentary elections. The party won the blighted northern town of Henin-Beaumont in last week’s first round.
The Right took the Cote d’Azur town of Frejus and notably won the 7th district of Marseille, France’s second-largest city with a large percentage of residents of immigrant origin, many from Muslim North Africa. The district’s population is about 150,000 — the party’s biggest win. However, Marseille stayed in the hands of conservative right Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin.
Le Pen said her party has ended “bipolarization” of French politics in which the traditional right and left divvy up votes. “A third political force has been born,” she said, adding that the party, which wants France to withdraw from the European Union, would begin campaigning immediately for elections for the European Parliament, where she is a deputy.