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Former Socialist Mayor of Henin-Beaumont Condemend for Corruption: a Boost for the Front National.

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RFI reports,

The former French socialist mayor Gerard Dalongeville of Henin-Beaumont in northern France has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes.

While Dalongeville could be released after three years, the Criminal Court of Bethune has also banned him from office for five years and slapped him with a 50,000 euro fine.

The sentence stems from accusations that Dalongeville along with his first deputy in charge of finance Claude Chopin and businessman Guy Mollet submitted false invoices between 2006 and April 2009 that benefitted companies up to four million euros.

Chopin was also sentenced to three years in prison along with a 30,000 euro fine and five years of political ineligibility.

Mollet was sentenced to four years in prison as well as a 5,000 euro fine.

Henin-Beaumont is not just any Northern French town.

Hard-left’s Mélenchon battles Front National’s Le Pen in France’s depressed north

Marine Le Pen campaigns at an open-air market in Henin-Beaumont May 29, 2012; T-shirt reads, “Leave the Euro”

Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Two former presidential candidates have thrust a small, economically-depressed northern French town into the spotlight by deciding to face off in the race to win its parliamentary seat. The hard left Jean-Luc Mélenchon has taken his campaign against far-right Marine Le Pen to the industrial desert of Hénin-Beaumont.

Legislative elections 2012. First Round.

  1. Marine Le Pen

    FRONT NATIONAL

    42,26 %22 460 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la 11ème circonscription du Pas-de-Calais

    48,21 %5 172 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la commune de Hénin-Beaumont

  2. Philippe Kemel

    PARTI SOCIALISTE

    23,72 %12 609 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la 11ème circonscription du Pas-de-Calais

    16,69 %1 790 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la commune de Hénin-Beaumont

  3. Jean-Luc Melenchon

    FRONT DE GAUCHE

    21,46 %11 406 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la 11ème circonscription du Pas-de-Calais

    21,21 %2 275 voix

    Voix obtenues dans la commune de Hénin-Beaumont

    Second Round.
    1. Philippe Kemel

      PARTI SOCIALISTE

      50,11 %26 814 voix

      Voix obtenues dans la 11ème circonscription du Pas-de-Calais

      44,86 %4 906 voix

      Voix obtenues dans la commune de Hénin-Beaumont

    2. Marine Le Pen

      FRONT NATIONAL

      49,89 %26 696 voix

      Voix obtenues dans la 11ème circonscription du Pas-de-Calais

      55,14 %6 030 voix

      Voix obtenues dans la commune de Hénin-Beaumont

    The 2009 Municipal elections were particularly ‘hot’ (see here).

    The Front National lost to a united “republican front”.

    The former Mining Town – and historic bastion of socialism – faces a renewed challenge from the Front National in the 2014 local elections.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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