segunda-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2015

France: far right wins first round of regional elections

The extreme right won the first round of regional elections in France. According to the early projections, the national front, Marine Le Pen, got between 27 and 30% of the vote, winning 6 of the 13 regions of France.

Marine Le Pen, who competed in the region Nord Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, won more than 40% of the vote.

To the South, in the region of Provence, Alpes, Côte d'Azur, the victory was another Le Pen, Marion Maréchal Le Pen, Marine's niece, who won, too, more than 40% of the vote.

For the leader of the national front, "this poll confirms what the previous elections had predicted, but the official observers didn't want to admit: the national front is now, without doubt, the first party of France although it is little represented in the Parliament."

The Republican party, of former President Nicolas Sarkozy won 27% of the vote, and 4 regions.

The former ruler away any chance of a coalition with the left, in the second round, in order to prevent the victory of the national front.

For Nicolas is time of change.

"It is a new sign of the profound angst that the French have for things to change in our country. You need to listen and understand the profound despair of the French, "said the former President.

The big loser in this first round of Regionals, is the President's Socialist Party François Hollande.

The French Government spokesman and Minister of agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, considers that the left got the most votes.

"Also looked to consolidated results and showed the balance of power between the left, right and the extreme right. Therefore, if we look at this balance, the unified left must represent more than 36% of the votes, making it the first party in France, "he concludes.

The big winner was, however, the abstention which is estimated to exceed 49%, yet lower than the registered in 2010, which reached 53.6%.

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