Extreme right wing supporters cheered Front National leader Jean Marie Le Pen as he joined at an anti-government demonstration in Paris on November 22.
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
Extreme right wing supporters cheered Front National leader Jean Marie Le Pen as he joined at an anti-government demonstration in Paris on November 22. The march was held amid reports that France's right-wing opposition would win a crushing victory over the ruling Socialist Party if elections were held now. A poll, published on November 21 by the Sofres Organisation, said 58 per cent of electors would vote for the opposition, 39 per cent for the Socialists, Communist and left-wing parties, and three per cent for the Ecologists. Elections for the National Assembly are due in 16 months. Voting, according to the Sofres poll, would deprive the Socialist Party of its absolute majority, cutting its strength from 269 seats to around 40. Mr. Le Pen's party won ten seats in the European Parliament elections last June on an anti-immigrant, law and order manifesto, and now claims that a sitting member of the National Assembly has joined its ranks. Jean Fontaine, a 62-year-old independent deputy representing the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, said on November 21 he was joining the Front because it fought for the defence of the French nation. Le Pen said Fontaine would preside over an association grouping the Front's European deputies and its local councillors. The Front has never had a seat in the National Assembly.
Source: REUTERS - JEAN-JACQUES FERON