The right-wing Front National has won at least two seats in the French parliament.
One seat will go to Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter Marion Marechal-Le Pen. Attorney Gilbert Collard also won a seat for the Front National. Le Pen’s daughter Marie Le Pen lost by 100 votes and is asking for a recount. The party held seats in parliament during from 1972 to 1988. In 1988, the French government ended proportional representation specifically to keep the Front National out of parliament. Instead France adopted American style elections for its Federal parliament so only the largest parties would be able to hold seats. The party continued to win French seats in the EU, because France was required to follow the same election rules as all other EU nations. However, this is the first time since 1988 that the Front National has won seats in the Federal parliament.