THE change of direction being taken by the far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, and his Front National (FN) party, appears to be drawing some support.
In a survey around a quarter of 1,000 adults questioned said they backed or were in broad agreement with the ideas of Le Pen, up on a similar survey taken three years ago.
The TNS Sofres survey showed opposition towards the FN has fallen three percentage points over the past year, to 70 per cent, and should Le Pen gain sufficient backing to stand in next year's presidential elections he could again have a part to play.
Much of this change in attitude towards the Front National can be traced back to the change in direction the party has taken.
The FN is looking to be the supporter of the people against what it claims are the excesses and scheming of the current government and Socialist opposition, who are both blamed for wrecking French society in a series of posters launched this week to mark the start of the party's electoral campaign.
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