March 16, 2017 / 7:44 AM / 5 months ago

French far-right secretary-general Bay encouraged by Dutch election result

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders of the PVV party votes in the general election in The Hague, Netherlands, March 15, 2017.Yves Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - The secretary general of France's far-right National Front party on Thursday said he was encouraged by gains for anti-Islam and anti-EU politician Geert Wilders in the Dutch election, saying it was a "success" even though Wilders lost.

"It's a real success," secretary general Nicolas Bay told France Inter radio, referring to how Wilders' party had won more seats, despite losing the overall result to Dutch centre-right prime minister Mark Rutte.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Dominique Vidalon

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