Front National, France’s far right nationalist party has taken a record number of municipal seats in the recent election. Meanwhile the center-right UMP also made major inroads against the ruling Socialists. Mary W. writes at The Resistance United:
Francois Hollande is expected to launch a major cabinet reshuffle, as preliminary results show his Socialist party suffering a bitter defeat in local elections. The far right meanwhile has made a breakthrough, claiming its biggest victory in history.
According to preliminary election results of the second round of French local elections, 155 towns in France have said ‘yes’ to having their socialist authorities replaced by representatives from the center-right UMP, party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Particularly bitter for Hollande is his ruling party’s loss in a number of larger towns like Toulouse, Reims, Angers and St. Etienne.