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Unknown group beat everyone up in French commune


While attention from the European elections has naturally taken the top spot in France’s results, a surprise is found at the bottom of the ballot lists with unexpected success for The Animalist Party.

The almost unheard-of party, which campaigned on an animal rights ticket, garnered around 2.4% of the vote in France – around 450,000 votes – less than the 5% needed to win one of the MEP’s seats of the country who were in place to seize, but not far from more well-known candidates, including the former presidential candidate of the Socialist Party Benoît Hamon (3.2%).

He even won the popular vote in a commune in Auvergne-Rh̫ne-Alpes, where he won 23.08% of the vote, thanks to a total of three members of the electorate in the village of 26 inhabitants of Rottier Рmore as the candidates for the Socialist Party, The Republic on the march, The Republicans, Debout la France, Lutte Ouvri̬re and the Union of Democrats and Independents Рwho all obtained one vote each.

In the 2017 presidential election, the villagers of Rottier voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron in both rounds, with 33.33% in the first round Рahead of Fran̤ois Fillon (23.81%), Jean-Luc M̩lenchon (19 , 05%) and Marine Le Pen (14.29%) Рand 60% in the second.

The Animalist Party was launched on November 14, 2016, as a “political party that recognizes the centrality of the animal question”. Although it is almost unknown, it has a few renowned supporters, including Brigitte Bardot – who directed a short film in support of the organization – and Sylvie Rocard.

Its manifesto is committed to creating a full European legal status for terrestrial and aquatic animals,
Urge the UN to adopt a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights, end bullfighting and the production of foie gras, and encourage the creation of large-scale nature reserves in developing countries.