Far-right boosted by riots in the suburbs: poll

21st April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 21, 2006 (AFP) - France's far-right appears to have been reinforced from last year's suburban riots, with one third of people saying it is in tune with the country's concerns, the authors of a new poll said Friday.

PARIS, April 21, 2006 (AFP) - France's far-right appears to have been reinforced from last year's suburban riots, with one third of people saying it is in tune with the country's concerns, the authors of a new poll said Friday.

Thirty-four percent of respondents in the IFOP survey said the far-right was "close to the concerns of French people", while 35 percent said it "enriched" the national debate with its tough line on immigration and security.

IFOP's public opinion director Frédéric Dabi said the far-right "appeared to have been reinforced" by the riots in high-immigration suburbs last November, as well from this year's mass protests over an unpopular youth contract.

For 48 percent, the far-right is best embodied by Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the xenophobic National Front.

Le Pen sent shockwaves across Europe by making it to the second round of France's presidential elections in 2002, according to the poll of 1,009 people carried out on April 6-7.

Ten percent of voters intend to back Le Pen again in the first round of next year's election, making him the third candidate in line after the Socialist Ségolène Royal, with 34 percent, and the centre-right Nicolas Sarkozy, with 30 percent, according to a TNS Sofres/Unilog survey published Thursday.

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