Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, spinning a molehill into a mountain:
Marine Le Pen’s Front National won 54pc of the vote. It was a bad defeat for the Gaulliste UMP, a party at risk of disintegration unless it can find a leader in short order.
President Hollande’s Socialists were knocked out in the first round, due to mass defection to the Front National by the working-class Socialist base. The Socialists thought the Front worked to their advantage by splitting the Right. They have at last woken up to the enormous political danger.
We’re discussing a small town, in an area with a long history of voting for the extreme-right. And the candidate was elected with a pitiful 45% turnout (French).
Can we stop this fear-mongering about Europe in Anglo-Saxon media outlets? It’s beyond ridiculous.