The Telegraph’s Henry Samuel details the unprecedented victory of France’s Front National Party in recent municipal elections.
France‘s anti-immigrant Front National was on track to win at least 14 towns in local elections, exit polls showed on Sunday, beating its previous record amid public dissatisfaction with President Francois Hollande‘s Socialists.
After winning the northern town of Henin-Beaumont in round one, the FN took at least 13 more towns, including Béziers in the southwest and Fréjus, population 84,000, on the Riviera.
Its best ever previous score was just three, in 1995.
The Front National scored a major victory by claiming the mayorship of the 7th sector of Marseille, putting it in charge of 150,000 people.
“We have moved onto a new level,” Marine Le Pen, FN leader, claimed. “There is now a third major political force in our country.”