National Front lead in Regional Elections
The far-right National Front (FN) led by Marine Le Pen has come out on top in the first round of the French regional elections.
The anti-immigration and Euro-sceptic party leads in at least six of the 13 regions voting yesterday on mainland France. The FN took around 28% of the vote whilst the ruling Socialist Party (PS) came third with 23.5% and the centre-right list led by The Republicans (LR, formerly the UMP) came second with 27%.
The FN will have a tough time in the second round runoff next Sunday when most seats will be decided. The Socialist Party has announced that it will withdraw candidates in three regions to stop the FN gaining power and, no doubt, other deals will be struck to ensure the far-right win in a limited number of seats.