Front National affiliated candidate wins mayoral race in southern France

A FRONT National mayor has been elected in a southern French region as the soft nationalist party’s popularity sweeps the nation.

 Marion Le Pen
Jean-Marie Moulin, 46, was elected as the mayor of the French region Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard. Saint-Bonnet-du-Gard is a commune in the Gard department of southern France.

Although she is affiliated with the Front National, she is not officially part of the party.

Jean-Marie Moulin

The rising star of the party and niece of the leader, Marion Le Pen, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to Jean-Marie Moulin, the new mayor of Saint Bonnet du Gard.”

The 26-year-old also congratulated the new mayor on Facebook where hundreds of people commented.

Front National MP Dominique Bilde said that this is “one of the little victories before the 2017 big victory”.

The leader, Marine Le Pen, has been promising tighter security, an end to immigration and the closure of France’s borders.

In December of 2015, the Front National won a record share of votes in the first round of regional elections confirming Le Pen as a serious contender in the 2017 presidential race.

The rising party won more than 40 per cent of the vote in certain regions.