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French far-right fails to win any regions

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 01:25

Marine Le Pen's National Front failed to win any regions in French elections, but she says the result would not discourage the ''inexorable rise'' of her party. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Her supporters are visibly disappointed by the defeat, but National Front leader Marine Le Pen says the far-right's rise in France is unstoppable. The National Front failed to win any regions in the second round of French municipal elections. But they did win more votes than any other party nationally in last week's first round. And Le Pen says, compared to regional elections in 2010, numbers show support for her party has risen: (SOUNDBITE) (French) LEADER OF NATIONAL FRONT PARTY, MARINE LE PEN, SAYING: "By tripling the number of the regional representatives voted in, the National Front will be the main force of opposition in the regional councils in France, an opposition which will be constructive but demanding." Tactical voting was at play in the election... The Socialist Party withdrew its candidates in areas Le Pen, as well as her niece Marion, represented. Instead, the Socialists urged supporters to vote for fromer President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives to keep the National Front out of power. Speaking to supporters in Paris, Sarkozy said the politicians should take this as a warning... and take time for in-depth debates about what worries the French. Among those, he cited unemployment and immigration concerns -- two issues the far-right has highlighted to garner support.

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French far-right fails to win any regions

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 01:25