March 23, 2004

Regional French Elections...
This past Sunday was the first round of the regional French elections.
To sum up, a coalition of three parties came in first in the north (about 28%), while the Front National (FN) had about 18% of the vote and was the second strongest party.
I don't know if you've heard about the FN, but they are the extreme right-wing party led by LePen that almost won the elections in 1998. They are racist, anti-foreigner, and surprisingly popular in France. I haven't started to talk about racism in France, and I don't think that I want to get started.
But, the FN did relatively well this round, and we'll have to see how they do on the second round this upcoming Sunday...

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