France’s Small Towns Are Shifting Right Politically

While Emmanuel Macron won the French election, the far-right party, Le Front National (The National Front), still did better than it ever has in any election.

Even though Le Front National only won 5% of the vote in Paris, in smaller towns throughout France, the party has a large following. In the legislative elections in June, these smaller towns could have a major impact on who wins the majority of seats in L’Assemblée Nationale (French parliament), and therefore how much Macron will be able to affect change as president.


Towns like Varzy in the Burgundy region of France have a surprisingly large amount of support for the Front National and its leader Marine Le Pen, Macron’s opponent in the 2017 presidential election.

AJ+ journalist Ahmed Shihab-Eldin traveled to rural towns in France to discover the source of the growing right-wing trend in France, and what that might mean for the future of French politics.

Learn more about the growing shift in political ideology in the video above.