France: Anti-gay National Front wins first Senate seats
France’s homophobic and anti-Semitic Front Nationale party has won its first seats in the Senate.
The far-right Front Nationale, led by Marine Le Pen, picked up their first two seats in the chamber this week as the left-wing government lost its majority to the UMP.
Marseilles elected FN candidate Stéphane Ravier, while Fréjus elected the party’s David Rachline.
The Front Nationale has had a surge in popularity this year, topping the ballot at the European elections in May with over 25% of the vote.
The FN has previously been accused of fostering homophobic violence by aligning itself with aggressive anti-equal marriage factions, with a 78% rise in anti-gay attacks across France.
Front Nationale candidate Anne-Sophie Leclere was jailed in June for comparing the country’s justice minister to a “chimpanzee” after she denounced the party as homophobic.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has previously ruled out working with Le Pen, accusing her party of “anti-semitism and general prejudice”.