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French regional elections warn of an impending disaster for the EU - by Fernando Betancor

Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front (FN – Front National) pulled off a historic electoral performance in last night’s regional elections in France. These regional elections will select the members of the regional assemblies of metropolitan France, Corsica, Guyana and Martinique as well as 18 presidencies (presidencies where a majority is not achieved in the first round will face a run-off election on the 13 December).

As was widely predicted, the far right has gained most of the benefit from the terror attacks in Paris on 16 November.

Mrs. Le Pen has claimed justification of her hardline stance against Muslims, immigrants, the EU’s open-border policy, lack of cooperation with the Russians and the weakness of the Socialists in general. In the provinces where Marine Le Pen and her niece, Marion, stood for election, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie and Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur respectively, they did far better than the average: both charismatic ladies took 42% of the vote.

Note EU-Digest: Hopefully EU citizens will use their brains before they vote for populist right-wing parties whose only claim to fame is that they believe Europe is better off the way it was before it united and a variety of other nationalistic pipe dreams. 

It will destroy the Europe as we know it today and certainly rekindle all kinds of conflicts from the past. 

This will also end the more than 50 years period of prosperity, economic advancement, social justice and political stability we have had.  

The French election results are also a warning to the main-stream European political parties to come uup with more imaginative political ideas to combat the populis-nationalistic right-wing opposition.

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