French voters make their opinions known with a big win for conservatives in local elections. Julie Noce reports.
French citizens wake up to a new political landscape as conservatives and their centrist allies crush the left by a wide margin in local elections. Members of the country's far right anti-immigration party, the National Front, also made gains- though limited. Monday morning, Parisians were trying to make sense of the results. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASSER-BY, ISABELLE, SAYING: "Listen, the results are what they are. What's most important is that the politicians learn a lesson from this. I think that if they were better at their jobs, the extremists wouldn't have climbed so much." (SOUNDBITE) (French) PASSER-BY, MR. LOMBARDEAU, SAYING: "Well, I think France had the choice between bad and really bad. And so it chose bad, which I think is a sign of good sense. That's my opinion." Former president Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party will take over two thirds of the local 102 departments. Current President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, is set to lose half of the 61 departments it held before the election.