French National Front hails Dutch far-right success

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France's far-right National Front on Thursday hailed the "great success" of the Dutch anti-Muslim Party for Freedom, which made a spectacular breakthrough in the Netherlands general election.

"The National Front is delighted by the great success achieved by the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands in yesterday's elections," the French party's vice-president Bruno Gollnisch said in a statement.

"Coming after the breakthroughs made by the presidential election in Austria and the legislative elections in Hungary and Britain, these results testify to a growth of resistance in Europe to the destruction of national identities."

The Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, demands an end to immigration from Muslim countries and a ban on new mosques and the Koran.

In Austria's presidential vote in April, the candidate for the far-right Freedom Party, Barbara Rosenkranz, scored lower than she hoped with 15.62 percent of the vote.

The British National Party (BNP) won its first two seats in the European Parliament last year, but failed to win its first member of parliament as hoped in the May 6 election.

In Hungary, the far-right Jobbik party, known for its anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and anti-European Union rhetoric, secured its first entry into parliament in general elections in April, winning 47 seats.

With virtually all votes counted in Wednesday's Dutch election, the PVV raised its number of lawmakers from nine to 24 of the 150 seats in parliament, and hopes to enter a coalition government.

The Liberals edged ahead of Labour to narrowly win the Dutch vote. The Christian Democratic Action party of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was pushed into fourth place and he resigned.

© 2010 AFP

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