UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) It is the first time the party – which wants to cut Muslim immigration drastically and reduce the influence of Islam – has come first in a nationwide election in its 40-year history. Projections show it could take 25 of France’s 74 European Parliament seats.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said it was ‘a political earthquake in France’ and ‘a very grave moment for France and for Europe’, while ecology minister Segolene Royale said: ‘It’s a shock on a global scale.’
She called on President Hollande to dissolve the government and call elections. She added: ‘The people have taken back the reins of their own destiny. This means policies of the French, for the French, by the French. They do not want to be ruled from outside.’ Miss Le Pen, 45, took over the party founded by her father.
She called the EU public enemy No 1, and insisted she is no longer a mere loudspeaker for protest voters. She said: ‘The EU nowadays is like the old Soviet Union – it can’t be improved. ‘We need to let it crumble and build after it a Europe of free and sovereign nations.’
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL
GREECE: The anti-EU Syriza party topped the poll with 27 per cent of the vote and the extreme Right Golden Dawn looked set to enter the European Parliament for the first time, with three seats and 9 per cent of the vote. The party came third overall in Greece.
DENMARK: The anti-Islam Danish People’s Party came first in that country’s elections.
ITALY: The Eurosceptic Five Star movement (M5S) was tipped to come second. An exit poll for the ANSA news agency showed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) scoring between 29.5 and 32.5 percent, compared to firebrand ex-comedian Beppe Grillo’s M5S with 25 to 28 percent.
Up to a third of voters across Europe were expected to opt for fringe parties opposed to the very institution of the EU in the European Parliamentary elections. A surge in Euroscepticism led to an increased vote for protest parties – mirroring the impressive showing by Ukip in Britain. The extreme nature of many of the parties will cause deep concern.
GERMANY: The anti-Brussels AfD party, which wants to stop using the euro, could get six MEPs, a huge blow to established parties which championed the currency and have branded AfD an unelectable mix of academics and nationalists.