The far-right National Association (RN), led by Marine Le Pen, will not lead any of the French regions.
The leader of the right-wing populist National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen during a vote in the second round of regional elections on June 27, 2021 in Henin-Beaumont, France.
This follows the preliminary results of the second round of regional elections, which took place in France this Sunday.
According to the news website Ouest-France, the second round of regional elections confirmed the trend already indicated by the first: most of the current heads of region have defended their positions.
The greatest attention in the second round of elections was focused on the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, where candidate RN Thierry Mariani had a chance to win.
Although Mariani’s candidacy was supported by 42.3 percent of voters, the incumbent PACA centrist president Renaud Muselier (Republicans – LR) received 57.7 percent of voters in the second.
Muselier was probably helped by the votes of those voters who listened to the call of a left-wing candidate led by Jean-Laurent Félizio, who withdrew from the election after winning 16.89 percent of the vote in the first round and called on his constituents to vote for the LR candidate.
Voter turnout in the second round of elections was slightly higher than in the first round a week ago, according to data released at 5 pm by the French Ministry of the Interior.
In the first round of regional elections (June 20), two-thirds (66.72 percent) of about 48 million voters did not come to the polls, a record since the start of the Fifth Republic since 1958.
For Macron’s side, the result is disappointing
The ruling Republic of the Move (LREM) party did not dominate any of France’s regions in Sunday’s election, and its candidates did not even score. In a statement to France 2, government spokesman Gabriel Attal called the results “disappointing”.
According to exit polls published after the closure of polling stations, conservatives and socialists were successful in regional elections and most regional leaders were re-elected.
Referring to sources from the French government, BFM television reported that the failure of the presidential majority in the regional elections “will have little or no effect on the government.” After the regional elections, there will be no reconstruction of the government, “but there will be necessary and limited adjustments,” said an unnamed source for the BFM.
Source: Pravda.sk – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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