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Far-right: the Front National: brief history and overview of electoral results
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As presidential elections in France approach, a research note from the UK Parliament published after the European Parliament elections in 2014 provides an overview of previous electoral results of the far-right Front National (FN). The party will publish its new manifesto next month; last weekend (21 January) FN leader Marine Le Pen was the headline speaker at a "counter-summit" of EU far-right parties held in Koblenz, Germany.

From the note:

"In the European Parliament (EP) elections of 22-25 May 2014, Front National (FN) obtained 24.9% of the vote in France, and thus became the largest French party in the EP with 24 seats. This result was described as a “political earthquake.” Yet it was not an isolated phenomenon: the FN has enjoyed a number of electoral successes in recent years. This Standard Note provides a brief history of the FN, before looking in more detail at its performance in the recent European Elections."

See: Rob Page, France's Front National (FN), 27 June 2014 (House of Commons Library, pdf)

And: German far-right party hosts 'European counter-summit' (The Local, link)

A further report in The Guardian notes that:

"The conference has already caused controversy after organisers banned many news organisations from attending on the basis that they had 'not met journalistic standards in past reporting', the German newspaper Die Welt said.

The German broadcaster ARD has threatened to sue over its exclusion. Its programme director, Volker Herres, condemned what he described as a 'massive encroachment' against the freedom to report."

See: Marine Le Pen leads gathering of EU far-right leaders in Koblenz (The Guardian, link)

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