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NF wins 54 seats and the balance of power in 3 departments
by Clifford F. Thies
According to the mainstream media, yes, it was a victory for Nicholas Sarkozy's conservative party (UMP); but, it was another defeat - the second in eight days!!! - for Marine Le Pen and the National Front.
A defeat? Une défaite pour François Hollande. Une victoire pour Marine Le Pen.
Based on incomplete tabulations of the vote at the Ministry of the Interior, UMP and its allies totaled 43 percent of the popular vote in yesterday's run-off department elections; the Socialist Party and its allies, 29 percent; the National Front 22 percent; and, others 6 percent. In terms of councilmen, the UMP and other parties of the right, 2,092 (up from 753 four years ago); the Socialists and other parties of the left, 1,520 (up from 1,211); the National Front, 54 (up from 2); and, Centrists, 104 (up from 50). (There was a significant increase in the number of councilmen.) In terms of control of department councils, the UMP and other center-right parties have a majority in 59 (up from 41); and the Socialists and other left-of-center parties 28 (down from 61).
National Front has its strongest showing in SE region famous for Nazi resistance during WWII
In three departments, the National Front holds the balance of power. In three other departments, center parties hold the balance of power. And, in four departments, there is an exact tie in the number of left- and right-of-center councilmen.
The three departments in which the National Front gained the balance of power are: (1) Aisne, in northeast France. It was in this region of the country that the 3rd Infantry Division held up an attack by an entire German Army Group during WWI, even as the French army retreated, and earned its nickname "The Rock of the Marne." (2) Gard, in southern France, the only department in which Marine Le Pen finished first in the first round of voting in the 2012 Presidential election; and, (3) Vaucluse, in south-east France, renown for its resistance to the Nazis during WWII (red on map).
The Socialists were in control of all three of these departments prior to the election.