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Russian lawmaker says French people "voted with mind" in second round of regional election

December 14, 2015, 10:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The National Front has failed to win a single region in the municipal election in France

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MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The results of regional election in France demonstrate that the political system has worked for self-preservation, and citizens "voted with their mind" by not giving victory to the National Front, Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said on Monday.

"France’s political system has worked for self-preservation yesterday. One thing is to cast votes in the first round for those who are brighter and more radical. The other thing is to choose from two real candidates in the second round since much more depends on the victory of one of them," Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page commenting on the results of the regional election in France. "The first round was ‘voting with heart’, the second - ‘voting with mind’. However, the record number of people still voted for the National Front - almost every third person," he added.

Kosachev noted that he does not renounce his opinion expressed after the victory of the National Front in the first round that "radicalization of political preferences of French voters reflects the disappointment of many French people in the previous results of France’s reckless entry into some kind of ‘Europe’ which is not in fact like this." "France is changing, this is for sure and without any doubt since the unshakeable postulates of the ‘European path’ that turned out to be pseudo-European for many French people, are being questioned now. So, there is hope that our common Europe will change one day," the lawmaker added.

The second round of regional election took place in France on Sunday, December 13. The National Front has failed to win a single region in the municipal election. According to the results of the vote, the ruling Socialist Party (five regions) and center-right Les Republicains party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy (seven regions) won the seats in all regions, excluding Corsica where a local party won the majority.

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