Saturday, 5 March 2011

A new poll shows French National Front leader Marine Le Pen topping the list of candidates favoured in the voting intentions for the first round of the French presidential election, which will take place next year. Marine Le Pen leads on 23%, following by current President Sarkozy on 21% and the leader of the Socialist Party, Martine Aubry, also on 21%.

Marine Le Pen called the poll "encouraging" but cautioned "these polls are only an indication. I don't take them as a fait accompli. I know that there is still lots of work to do...I think that we are witnessing, at least I hope it, the beginnings of an awakening of the French people".

This week also saw regional elections in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders' party, the PVV, has been called the "major winner" of the elections and some counterjihad sites like Sheikyermami have reported this is a great victory for Wilders. This is probably misleading, however, as the PVV did not contest the previous elections in this area so it could only gain this time around. The PVV performed below expectations compared to its share of the vote in opinion polls and in the previous general election. The position of the reigning coalition is now more precarious and some commentators say it is now unlikely that measures to ban the burka or limit Muslim immigration will now be approved. As the FT reported:

The GreenLeft leader Jolande Sap said the elections spelt the end of the PVV’s far-right programme: “Everything the PVV finds important will be blocked by the Senate.” But most analysts said it was more likely that the government will be forced to compromise on its agenda, rather than scrap it.


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