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Mixed signals from French election

Issue No. 2193

The first round of the French regional elections last Sunday saw a heavy defeat for the ruling right wing party of Nicolas Sarkozy.

But while the Labour-like Socialist Party was the clear winner, the Nazis of the National Front also did well.

The Greens and their allies in the Europe Ecology coalition came third with 13 percent (down from 17 percent last year).

But the National Front was close behind with 12 percent – a big increase on the 7 percent they grabbed at last year’s Euro elections.

Another big factor was the record low turnout – less than 50 percent.

Unfortunately, the vote for the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) was disappointing at just over 2 percent.

An NPA spokesperson said, “The strong rejection of the right and Sarkozy is a sign of the anger at big business and the rich who continue to profit while the crisis bites for workers.

“The Socialists and Europe Ecology gained – hatred of the right distracted people from a close examination of their record.

“Sarkozy’s campaign whipped up racism – and the National Front benefited.

“We want to see the right beaten in the second round of voting this weekend. But we also call on workers, pensioners, unemployed and students to launch a social third round – of struggle!”

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Tue 16 Mar 2010, 19:38 GMT
Issue No. 2193
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