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The rise of far-right parties in Europe

Ruth Tarrant

14th December 2015

Many in France breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the results of the second round of voting in France's regional elections were announced. The French National Front, led by Marine le Pen, had led in 6 of the 13 regions in the first round of voting last week, but her party was eventually beaten into third place as the mainstream parties (Republicans and Socialists) had effectively colluded and withdrawn their weakest candidate in some regions, causing voters who would have voted for that candidate to switch their vote to the other mainstream party rather than vote for the National Front candidates. The fact that Ms le Pen's party did so well in the first round, however, paints a similar picture to that around Europe. The graphic below from this week's Economist shows the increasing popularity of far-right parties around Europe:

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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