National Front shut out in second round of French regional elections:Union of right wins seven regions, the left win 5 regions strategic voting works effectively to block the FN according to exit polls.

According to the latest exit polls in the second round regional elections in France the National Front has been defeated in all 13 regions of France. The centre right Republicains have captured seven regions while the governing socialist party captured five regions. In the thirteenth region Corsican regional and local parties divided the seats. The strategy of the socialist party to withdraw from the second round in the regions where they had run third in the first round worked effectively to block the FN from coming to power and clearly benefited the centre right coalition. Voter turnout was up over the first round and clearly benefitted the socialist party or the centre right depending upon the region concerned. Despite their overall defeat the FN captured more council seats than ever before and showed that it is a major political force in French politics.In Provence Alpes Côte D’Azur Marine LePen’s niece won 47.4 % of the vote but was defeated by the Republicain candidate with 52.6 % of the vote. Marine Lepen herself won 42 % of the vote but still lost to the Republicains. In only one of the Parti socialiste’s victories did their candidate get more than 50 % of the vote. The FN got 27% of the vote winning 6.8 million votes and over 300 council seats compared to 9 % of the vote in 2010 and about 119 seats.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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