FRANCE’S National Front (FN) rode a wave of anti-Muslim hysteria and hatred of austerity to top Sunday’s first round of regional election polls, results showed yesterday.
The fascist FN boosted its vote by more than 19 per cent to take 28.4 per cent, edging out former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s Republicans on 26.9 per cent.
The increasingly unpopular Socialists took 23.5 per cent, the Greens 6.8 per cent and the Left Front 4.2 per cent.
It was the first election since Islamic State-linked terrorists killed 130 people in Paris last month.
The French Communist Party, part of the Left Front, said the results “confirm the serious social and democratic state of alert in the country.”
General secretary Pierre Laurent pointed out that more than half the electorate had abstained but warned that the fascist success was down to years of “free-market-fundamentalist policies that have dismantled social solidarity,” a decade of “increasingly authoritarian austerity” and the main parties’ own decision to falsely install the FN as their main electoral competitors as a “foil to preserve their hegemony.”