‘The Front National is now the most popular party in France.’ Marine Le Pen hails ‘record-breaking’ regional election results as her conservative group tops polls with landslide vote in wake of Paris attacks. Hopefully the momentum will take her through to the presidential election in 2017.
UK Daily Mail France’s Front National topped the country’s regional election vote on Sunday in a breakthrough that shakes up the country’s political landscape.
The anti-immigration party received at least 29.4 per cent of the votes as the country continues its state of emergency following the Paris terror attacks.
It won six out of 13 regions in the election’s first round, which 44 million people were eligible to vote for.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative Les Republicains party and their allies came second with around 27 per cent of the vote while President Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialists came third.
National Front leader Marine Le Pen welcomed the ‘magnificent result’, which will leave her in the ideal position for a presidential bid in 2017. She added that the result proved the party was ‘without contest the first party of France’.
Ms Le Pen, who led the first round in southeast France with 42 per cent, had argued before the vote that refugee camps like the so-called ‘Jungle’ in Calais are full of young men who are potential terrorists.