The BBC like most other mainstream media outlets is rubbing its hands a the fact that the FN filed to win a single seat in the second round of the French regional elections. The FN has been crushed, rejected, apparently. Yet le Pen got 28% of the vote and was "crushed" in part because supporters of the two main parties voted tactically to keep her out. I know historical analogies are often misleading, but in September 1930 the NSDAP gained 18% of the vote and all the experts concluded that it was finished as a force. Less than a year later it got 37% . Even after 1933 the Communists declared that "Herr Hitler has had his best day" and predicted the demise of his party. I am not saying the FN and the NSDAP are identical and the whole situation is different. But with French unemployment at 10% officially and with massive youth unemployment it is no surprise that people are looking for an alternative. In fact, if you look across Europe nearly all "respectable" parties, left and right alike, are wedded to austerity and are unable to offer a way out of the crisis. Germany has exploited a weak Euro and has managed to export its unemployment with the result that Spain, Italy, Fracen, not to mention Greece, are economic basket cases. It will be interesting to see who comes to power in France in the next Presidential elections.