Politics

The French departmental elections as seen from Italy

In the French departmental elections the National Front, while achieving a very good result, was ultimately contained by the traditional right of former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr Sarkozy exploited the fear of the moderate voters and the free fall of the Socialist Party of President Francois Hollande, but also stole from the National Front a hot topic by adopting a tough stance on immigration.

The issue of immigration and security could be used as a rallying point also by the fragmented Italian right and become the fil rouge bringing together the mainstream party of Mr Berlusconi with the hardliners of the Northern League and the Brothers of Italy. Even the moderate New Right probably would not object.

What is certain is that the Italian right needs to regroup if it wants to have any hope of challenging the hegemony of the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The issue of immigration could even allow it to take aboard some voters from the Five Stars Movement, the post-ideological movement whose official position on immigration is quite rightist.

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