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Anti-Immigration parties surging in France and Sweden

The Front National came in first place in the 2014 European Parliament election for France. They got 25% of the French vote. However, their popularity has continued to grow in France since the election.

The next president election in France is in 2017. Marine Le Pen of the Front National is in first place polling 30%. In round two Le Pen gets between 36% and 43% of the vote against three different centrist candidates. Against the current Socialist president, she gets 54%.

From UK Guardian…

This important caveat to one side, the Le Pen poll is significant. There has long been an unwritten rule in French politics: the supporters of the two main parties have historically coalesced against FN candidates in second round votes. The clearest example in 2002’s presidential election when Jacques Chirac defeated Jean-Marie Le Pen 82-18%.

Poll after poll this tacit agreement appears to be coming less. This matters. While as things stand a Le Pen presidency is unthinkable, the FN is making breakthroughs that few would have predicted. In local elections held earlier this year, the party achieved its best result ever – despite running in a fraction of the 36,680 municipalities, the FN won more than 1,500 councillors and 12 cities, reached a record 229 second round runoffs (from less than 600 lists presented). Le Pen’s party also made significant inroads into many larger cities, winning about 30% of the vote in Marseille.

In parallel to the FN’s growing support, the popularity of President Hollande has reached a new record low. Less than 20% of voters now approve of the president.

Sweden, perhaps the most radical left-wing country in Europe, say an anti-immigration party double it’s vote to 13%. The Swedish Democrats are being attacked in the media as “far-right” and “nationalist.” They are actually more of an EDL style big tent single issue group that just wants to close the border. The Swedish Democrats are going from 20 seats to 49 seats. Most of those seats are being taken from two centrist parties.

The new makeup of the Swedish parliament is far-left coalition with 158 seats, a centrist coalition with 142, and the Swedish Democrats with 49. This could make the Swedish Democrats a king maker like the Danish Peoples Party. The centrist coalition must get support from the Swedish Democrats in order to pass legislation.

The media is spinning the results as a “backlash” against the centrist parties for “cutting taxes and trimming welfare.” In reality the left only gained one seat. The center lost 29 seats to Swedish Democrats. This shows that the real backlash is over immigration. The centrist parties are being punished for not taking action against immigration