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A Brief History Of France’s Far-Right National Front Party

A fearful Paris post-terrorist attacks is showing more support for an anti-immigration, anti-EU party

Dec 07, 2015 at 4:47 AM ET

France’s extreme right anti-immigration party made its largest gains in history at the nation’s regional polls on Sunday, bolstered by a wave of support after a massacre in Paris last month.

France’s far-right National Front (FN) came in first of any political party, garnering roughly 28 percent of the nationwide vote and leading in at least six of 13 regions, the AFP reported.

More How Terror Attacks In Paris Helped Propel This Far-Right Party

Three weeks before the first round of polls on Sunday, militants carried out a series of terrorist attacks in the center of Paris, killing 130 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. The National Front has emphasized its anti-immigration policy, appealing to the fears of French people that the flow of refugees from the Middle East to Europe could let in a potential terrorist. “Yes, there is definitely a link between massive immigration … and radical Islam,” Marine Le Pen said on Friday at a rally in Nice, France.

The two rounds of voting, with the second scheduled for next Sunday, December 13, set the stage for the 2017 presidential election. If the National Front wins even one region, it could be seen as a more viable political party for the presidential candidacy.