With the National Front on the rise in France, our reporters returned to three towns where the far-right party’s mayoral candidates won the most recent local elections.
Party leader Marine Le Pen believes it’s a sign the French now see the FN as a credible alternative to major parties such as the UMP and the ruling Socialist Party. Her efforts to change the FN’s image seem to have paid off and members of her troops have been offered a chance to govern in towns across France.
Béziers, Fréjus and Hénin Beaumont were the most emblematic victories in March’s local ballot and the newly elected mayors find themselves under intense scrutiny.
Our reporters headed to those towns to see whether these men are fulfilling their promises. Is the FN carrying out far-right policies and favouring French citizens over immigrants? What strategy have these mayors adopted and why do they believe they are unfairly portrayed by the media?