Mass demonstrations against extreme right in France

On the first of May, just four days before the second round of the presidential elections, more than a million people have demonstrated all over France against the rise of the extreme right Front National.

Policy impact of French elections / Impact des présidentielles


In Paris, between 400,000 and 900,000 citizens took to the streets on Labour Day to express their opposition to the Front National, the extreme right party of Jean-Marie Le Pen. Mr Le Pen unexpectedly won nearly 17 per cent of votes in the first round of the elections, winning a ticket to the second round. In the rest of France, as much as 900,000 people demonstrated to show their disapproval.

According to a poll conducted by IPSOS, 74 to 81 per cent of Frenchmen intend to vote for Jacques Chirac next Sunday, against 19 to 26 per cent for Jean-Marie Le Pen. 62 per cent of participants said they regretted the first round's results.

The second round will take place on Sunday 5 May 2002.


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