| Eyes on the prize - For Marine Le Pen’s party, regional elections are just a stepping-stone
| Thursday, December 10, 2015
|IT IS market-day in this red-brick former mining town in northern
Stall-holders wrap up fat slices of rabbit terrine, or flog
discounted hairspray and nail varnish. Outside the town hall, workmen
are putting up wooden chalets for the Christmas market. Inside, the
National Front (FN) mayor has installed a Nativity scene with life-size
French public buildings are meant to be strictly secular, but
Steeve Briois insists he is just bringing back a French “tradition”.
Last year he was elected mayor with 50.3% of the vote. On December 6th
in the same town, Marine Le Pen, the FN leader running for president of
the surrounding region, got 59%.
Ms Le Pen heads into the second round of regional elections on
December 13th on the back of resounding first-round scores. The
far-right FN came top countrywide with 28%, beating its previous
national record of 25% in European elections last year, and more than
doubling its result in regional elections in 2010.
Her party finished
first in six of France’s 13 regions, including some, such as Burgundy or
the Loire valley, with no strong history of supporting the FN. In both
Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, where Ms Le Pen is running, and
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in the south, where her niece Marion
Maréchal-Le Pen is the candidate, the party grabbed fully 40%.
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