A Front National election poster for this month’s French regional elections implores voters to “Choose your suburb.”
The poster shows a veiled woman and an unveiled woman – probably the same person – with the French tricolor painted on her cheeks, and proclaims: ‘”Vote before!”
He appeared in the socialist-controlled Illes-de-France region around Paris, where the FN candidate is a certain Wallerand de Saint-Just, in a security-dominated campaign following the terrorist attacks in the city on the 13th. November.
Immigration and radicalization have become key issues, with Ms Le Pen showering criticism on President Francois Hollande for failing to prevent the second atrocity in the capital in the space of a year.
The FN leader simultaneously claims the authorship of many of the draconian security measures imposed by Mr. Hollande since the attacks, including the strengthening of border controls and the revocation of the citizenship of extremists with dual nationality.
While we were already expecting good results, the support of the FN is now ahead of the elections, which will be held on December 6 and 13, when the party is expected to win two of the 13 French regions. It would be his best performance to date.
Polls suggest Ms Le Pen herself will win Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie in the north-west, where she has built her political base, and that her niece, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, will win in the south region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.