Socialists and the traditional right beat Marine Le Pen in French regional elections

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen returned to stay this Sunday at the gates of achieving a regional government, in the second round of elections in which the right and the left maintained their fiefdoms.

All eyes were on Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), where the far-right Thierry Mariani (36.38%) overtook the conservative Renaud Muselier (31.91%) in the first round, but in this last round he saw relegated to second place.

Muselier won with between 57 and 55% of the votes, according to the partial results. “You have responded to the threat of the extreme right” to leave the region “free” of a government of that ideology, proclaimed the regional conservative leader.

The so-called “republican front” or sanitary cordon, with the withdrawal of the candidacy of the left after the first round of last Sunday, worked again and blocked the aspirations of the formation in an election that less than a year before the presidential elections. they saw as their stepping stone to them. “The logic of unity” of the parties has won to stop the extreme right, Muselier stressed.

That region was the only one in which the far-right French Agrupación Nacional (RN) party had an advantage. Although the polls prior to the elections gave it a chance of victory in six of the 13 metropolitan constituencies at stake, it had only remained a leader in it.

Le Pen blamed the defeat on the “unnatural alliances” made against his party. “They have done everything to prevent us from showing the French our ability to lead a regional government,” he said shortly after the polls closed in a brief statement in which he summoned the French for the 2022 presidential elections to achieve the change that according to she needs France.

The 2015 political map is maintained with the results of this Sunday

Its failure kept the 2015 political map intact. The list of the left, according to estimates and provisional results, remained in its five regions, the nationalists in Corsica and the center-right Republicans in seven, including the Parisian one.

“The right is clearly today the only alternating force,” said the head of Los Republicanos, Christian Jacob, who underlined the “humiliation” suffered by President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La República en Marcha, created in 2017 and which paid for again its lack of territorial implantation.

Its general delegate, Stanislas Guerini, acknowledged the disappointment, but focused on the high abstention recorded, which according to different polling stations was between 64% and 66%, a record for a second round. “It is something that cannot leave any political leader insensitive,” said the representative of the presidential majority.

In the first round, last Sunday, 66.7% of the electorate did not mobilize. It was the highest percentage in the Fifth Republic, established in 1958, with the exception of the 2000 referendum that reduced the presidential term from seven to five years and in which 69.81% of the citizens did not vote.

“This historical civic detachment constitutes a major signal sent to the entire political class and even to the entire society,” added Le Pen, who blamed this result on “the total absence of information, the disastrous and erratic organization of scrutiny by the government. Ministry of the Interior and the exit of an endless confinement “.

The parties draw conclusions for the presidential elections

Macron had promised before the first round that he would not draw any national conclusions from a local election. Although the press was recognized among its ranks that they are weakened, the BFM TV chain advanced that there will be no government reshuffle, but “necessary and limited adjustments.”

The only two parties that had not wanted to get out of the local reading of these results were in fact the losers. “There are two blocks that are reinforced. Undoubtedly the right wing, but also the environmentalist and left wing. Other elections begin tomorrow,” said environmental MEP Yannick Jadot, a possible candidate in 2022.

The Socialist Party positioned itself as the axis of that second group: “The driving force that is the PS has the duty to unite the left and the environmentalists to be able to go towards the presidential elections,” concluded the first secretary of that formation, Olivier Faure.

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