National Front leader Marine Le Pen called for the dissolution of the French national assembly on Sunday after exit polls showed her anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party winning European Parliament elections in France.
“What else can the president do after such a rejection?” Le Pen told reporters at National Front headquarters when asked if President Francois Hollande — whose ruling Socialists were well behind in third place — should dissolve the national parliament.
“It is unacceptable that the assembly should be so unrepresentative of the French people.”
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius swiftly played down the chances of such a move — which, given Hollande’s record unpopularity, would almost certainly mean his Socialists losing their current majority — but acknowledged that the National Front’s performance was “an earthquake”.
Pollster Ifop estimated that Le Pen National Front party would score between 22 and 25 seats in the newEuropean Parliament — up from the three it currently holds.
(Reporting by Mark John; editing by Leila Abboud).
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