French right advances in regional elections

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The French center-right advanced over the far-right National Assembly led by Marine Le Pen, which did not achieve the expected results in the first round of the French regional and provincial elections on Sunday, amid a very high abstention from voting, according to the first estimates.

The deputy head of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, said that “an uprising is still possible” before the second session next Sunday, at a time when his party did not lead in any of the six regions out of the 13 for which estimates were available shortly after 18:00 GMT.

As for President Emmanuel Macron’s “Republic on the Move” party, it did not achieve good results less than a year before the presidential elections.

In the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (south), the outgoing right-wing president of the region, Renaud Muselier, led by a slight difference over the candidate of the National Rally, Thierry Mariani, contrary to expectations, according to preliminary estimates that may change with the completion of the vote count.

In the Eau de France region (north), the outgoing regional president, Xavier Bertrand, who is now running for the presidential elections in 2022, has a big lead over the candidate of the National Rally, Sebastien Chaunot, while opinion polls expected a stiff competition between them.

In general, the outgoing officials took the lead, in a trend that enhances the chances of the Republican Party and the Socialist Party to confront the National Assembly and the Republican Party for the President, which does not have a strong local base.

Although the extreme right has achieved results in improvement throughout the voting processes, the electoral system is not in its favor and has not succeeded in establishing electoral strongholds. (AFP)





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