The socialist government of François Hollande has, after the electoral triumph of the conservative Front National party, decided to drop its controversial election pledge to grant foreigners the right to vote in local elections.
Islam vs Europe This project has by now no chances of success, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said to the LPC TV channel, as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reports. The support of the population is lacking for the implementation (of this project).
A key campaign promise of Hollande during the presidential election campaign 2 years ago was the introduction of the right to vote in local elections for non-Europeans. It would have been mainly Moroccan and Algerian Muslims living in France who would have benefitted most from this right. The deputy chairman of the Front National, Florian Philippot, called the socialist withdrawal a “nice effect” of the party’s electoral victory. A change in the constitution would be necessary for this law.