FRANCE: In the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, Marine Le Pen’s anti-Muslim migration Front National Party wins big in regional elections

affiche-marine-le-pen-front-national-fn-31-300x292‘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.

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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.

LePen favors breaking away from the EU
LePen favors breaking away from the EU

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.

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She also reminded voters that some of the Paris murderers, including suicide bombers at the Stade de France, are said to have entered Europe from Syria as alleged asylum seekers. 

Voters were choosing leadership for the country’s 13 newly redrawn regions in elections that go to a second round on December 13. Ms Le Pen’s niece, 25-year-old Marion Marechal-Le Pen, also did well in the southern regions.

Marine Le Pen and niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen
Marine Le Pen and niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen

The result comes after commentators predicted National Front will win three major regions following the second round of voting in a week’s time.

Their support has climbed rapidly since the series of brutal and coordinated terror attacks on November 13, which saw ISIS terrorists slaughter 130 people at bars and restaurants across the city.

In a statement issued three weeks ahead of the regional elections, National Front said one of the attackers had arrived in Greece the previous month ‘among the mass of migrants who flow into Europe each day’.