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A child posts his mother's ballot, during the municipal elections in Pau, southwestern France, Sunday, March 30.
A child posts his mother's ballot, during the municipal elections in Pau, southwestern France, Sunday, March 30.
(Bob Edme/AP)

Doug Saunders

Does France’s vote for extremists herald dark days for Europe?

On Sunday night, it seemed to many observers as if the darkest days of the 20th century had begun to return to Europe. In France’s municipal elections, the National Front (FN), an anti-immigrant party with a history of anti-Semitism and ties to fascism, won control of eight town governments and as many as 1,200 municipal council seats. One member of the governing Socialist Party called the day “Black Sunday.”