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Savon Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Front National sidelined after Charlie Hebdo

The far-right Front National achieved a good 25 percent of the vote in France's departmental elections on Sunday. But despite securing its best results so far, the FN failed to live up to forecasts. For the liberal daily Savon Sanomat, the party's rise has been halted by the spirit of public solidarity following the attack on Charlie Hebdo: "The far right may well have reached the height of its popular support in France. Two months have gone by since the attack on the weekly Charlie Hebdo, and terrorism experts believe that further attacks are likely. However the Islamist threat has not directly boosted the popularity of the Front National. After the attack the far right lost its monopoly on criticism of extremist tendencies in Islam. The example of France shows that an open discussion of immigration, faith and the freedom of opinion can slow the rise of the far right."

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