Massive Win for Sarkozy's Conservative Party in France Local Elections
Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party proved to be the big winner at the second round of France's local elections.
Paris and Lyon, France's two biggest cities have been excluded from the vote on Sunday.
The representatives of the conservative party will be taking over two thirds of the 102 ''departments'' in France, Reuters reported. They have marked a considerable increase from the 41 municipalities they are currently in charge of.
"The French people have massively rejected the policies of (President) Francois Hollande and his government," he told party supporters. "The time for change is now."
Meanwhile, the biggest loser in the elections turned out to be namely the socialist party led by current French President Francois Hollande.
"The French have declared... their anger at a daily life that is too difficult," stated French PM Manuel Valls, who added that the loss is ''incontestable''. He noted that there is a need for more job opportunities.
Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party also marked an increase in popularity. Its platform involves a number of proposed anti-immigration policies, said to be the main reason behind the success.
"I thank all our voters for this magnificent success,'' she said in a news conference following the announcement of the preliminary results, the BBC reported. ''The goal is near, reaching power and applying our ideas to redress France."
After the first round of the elections, the National Front proved to be a force to be reckoned with, but according to AFP news agency informants, other parties allegedly took measures to limit their influence in the second round.
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