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The far-right French National Grouping (RN) party was defeated this Sunday in its goal of achieving its first regional government, by losing the second round of regional elections in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
The outgoing president, the conservative Renaud Muselier, proclaimed his victory, although all the votes have not yet been counted, since in the partial count he obtains 60.32% of the votes, compared to 39.68% of the RN candidacy , led by Thierry Mariani.
“You have responded to the threat of the extreme right”, proclaimed Muselier when announcing his victory, in a public statement in which he affirmed that the result leaves the region “free of the extreme right”.
He also thanked the joint candidacy of the left and the greens, which withdrew from this second round to favor their victory and with it the defeat of the RN.
“The logic of unity” of the parties has won to stop the extreme right, he stressed.
Likewise, Muselier recognized the support of all members of the European Parliament, except those on the extreme right, who had asked for a vote for his candidacy and thus prevent this rich region of southeastern France from being governed by the RN, which continues without winning in any French region.
In the first round, the RN achieved the first position in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur with 36.38% of the votes, while Muselier’s candidacy came second with 31.91%.
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