From my column in this week in Taki’s Magazine:
In last Sunday’s first round elections, the National Front came in first in six of thirteen regions. That includes the regions won by the three main celebrity candidates of the National Front: Marine Le Pen, her 34-year-old strategist Floriant Philippot, and her 25-year-old niece and potential rival Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (who looks remarkably like Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe on Friends circa 1995).
Marion is closer politically and personally to her swashbuckling grandfather Jean-Marie Le Pen (who served as a second in the last duel fought in France in 1958). Earlier this year, Marine—a serious, Paris-is-well-worth-a-mass personality—had her own 87-year-old father thrown out of the party he had founded for going Off Message.
Read the whole thing there.
Commenter Lot says:
It is possible that Florian Philippot will be the only FN candidate to win in three days.
The Socialists have dropped out of the races against both Mlles. Le Pen, so that leaves [the National Front] in the worst possible position: two-way races against only a center-right candidate.
The Socialists have not dropped out in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, population about 5 million. That will be a three way race. The first round result was:
Florian Philippot FN 36.06%
Philippe Richert Repub. 25.83
Jean-Pierre Masseret Socialist 16.11
Eliminated from the second round:
Center-Green parties 7.84
Left-Green parties 6.70
Conservative parties 5.98
Socialist parties 4.55
If you give the socialists the minor left party vote, and the Republicans the entire center-green vote, the result is
FN still leads.
The two conservative minor parties are nationalist, anti-immigration and want to leave the EU. Even giving the Republicans 2/3 of them (very unlikely) and FN 1/3, FN still wins.
Philippot is (I presume) gay, which is fairly common among politicians of the European right.