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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-Rhône-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 – more as the candidates for the Socialist Party, The Republic on the march, The Republicans, Debout la France, Lutte Ouvrière and the Union of Democrats and Independents – who 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 – ahead of François Fillon (23.81%), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (19 , 05%) and Marine Le Pen (14.29%) – and 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.

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