Former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and centrist allies on Sunday won control of an overwhelming majority of departments in France, in a major blow to the ruling Socialist Party. (France24)
The departmental election in France have been a test for the national election in 2017.
Sarkozy declared “French rejected Hollande’s policies ” and he foresees an upcoming change for France while Socialist PM Valls admitted the clear defeat.
Even if Front National did not appear to have gained control of any councils, Marine Le Pen hailed a historical win for the her party, claiming an increase of the votes compared to the first round.