French Voters Veer in New Direction
France is turning right. In local elections this weekend, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP came out on top, pushing Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front — which looked like a front-runner before the vote — into second place. It’s a setback for Le Pen, who aspires to the presidency, but it’s an even bigger blow to President Francois Hollande, whose Socialist Party came third. Sarkozy, meanwhile, is celebrating the “massive swing” back toward the right ahead of 2017’s national election.