How to handle Le Pen: Mainstream parties at odds over French election results
Marine Le Pen’s National Front has finished second in the first round of France’s local elections. It’s the party’s best score ever, with more than a quarter of the vote, ahead of the ruling Socialists; but Le Pen failed to beat out the mainstream conservatives of Nicolas Sarkozy. Has Sarkozy’s return to politics stolen some of her thunder? Or has Prime Minister Manuel Valls, with his personal involvement, limited the damage for the Socialists? Have Valls and Sarkozy figured out Le Pen?
Pierre LEQUILLER UMP MP from Yvelines
Corinne NARASSIGUIN Spokesperson for the French Socialist Party
John GAFFNEY Professor of Political Science and author of « The French Left and the Fifth Republic »