How France’s poor are turning to Marine Le Pen


At the last presidential election in 2012 the Left received its biggest level of support from the least well-off voters. At the time this electorate saw the socialist François Hollande as the candidate who “defended poor people” and “the workers” and was strong on social issues, and they felt the Left “had a heart”(1). But after three years of the Hollande presidency the link was broken. At the regional elections in 2015 this electorate turned towards the far-right Front National (FN). In the first round of the French presidential election on April 23rd, there is a strong possibility that they will again back the FN’s candidate Marine Le Pen.

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