In France, the resurgence of the Front Nationale, which came top in the popular vote, is the story of this year's European Elections.
The election is also notable for the success of Ipsos in predicting the outcome :-)
In the Alps, the most notable election stat is the result in Haute-Savoie, where 215,322 people voted (a 42% turnout). This saw a near dead heat, with just 33 votes separating the UMP (48,883 votes) and FN (48,850).
Here's a round-up of what happened in Savoie, and in the Tarentaise in particular. Savoie tends to vote for the right (see round-up from the 2012 Presidential Election here. But there are still quite sigificant differences from town to town, as the following trip up the valley shows.
For example, the FN scores just 13% in Peisey-Nancroix, yet registers twice this level barely 20km away in Séez. The Greens triumph in Landry (one of the few areas to have voted Hollande in round 2 of the 2012 Presidential Election). In UMP stronghold Val d'Isere, les Verts come in a poor third:
SAVOIE: Top 3 (% of vote)
Union de la Gauche: 12.0
Union de la Gauche: 11.8
Union de la Gauche: 9.6
Aime (for La Plagne)
Landry (below Peisey)
Union de la Gauche: 13.4
Modem (Bayrou et al): 13.4
Bourg St Maurice
Séez (La Rosiere)
Montvalezan (La Rosiere)
Union de la Gauche: 9.7
Turnout 21% (absent proprietors??)
Click here for the full results.