Le Pen’s conservative rival thanks leftist voters

The French conservative who routed far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a critical regional election thanks leftist voters for supporting him and keeping the anti-immigrant National Front from power.

Xavier Bertrand, a labor minister under former President Sarkozy, says after the results were announced: “Here the French gave a lesson of rallying together, courage.”

“Here we stopped the progression of the National Front,” he says as Le Pen’s supporters boo his remarks from their party’s headquarters.

Polling agencies project that his Republicans party wins about 57 percent of the vote in the Nord-Pas de Calais-Picardie region, more than doubling his score from the Dec. 6 first round. Le Pen wins about 42 percent in the runoff.

— AP

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.