Marion Marechal-Le Pen

Big right-wing shift expected in French regional elections as anti-immigration message finds fertile soil

The liberal left are getting a pasting in France in elections over the weekend.

Marine Le Pen?s far-right National Front is leading in six out of 12 regions in the first round of regional elections, Reuters reports citing exit polls.

Le Pen and her niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, are both set to take more than 40 percent of the vote in the north and southeast of the country, TV exit polls showed on Sunday.

Assemblies in the 13 regions of metropolitan France and in four overseas territories were being elected. Results for Paris are not yet in.

The Ifop, OpinionWay and Ipsos project polling agencies predict that the National Front won between 27 and 30 percent of the ballots in Sunday?s voting, followed by former President Nicolas Sarkozy?s party, The Republicans, and President Francois Hollande?s governing Socialists. ? Read more »