Regional election results upset France’s far-right

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Regional election results upset France's far-right

date of publication:
Jun 20 2021 23:05 GMT

Update date: June 20, 2021 23:20 GMT

Opinion polls after voters exited the polls showed that the far right fared worse than expected in Sunday’s French regional elections. threatening

Source: Reuters

Opinion polls after voters exited the polls showed that the far right fared worse than expected in Sunday’s French regional elections.

The results of these polls threaten the chances of the extreme right to win the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, which is a major arena for competition in the south and an important starting point for the upcoming presidential elections.

The right-wing National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen expressed its frustration with the low voter turnout at record levels, while the center-right made its first successful return to the polls since the disastrous result in the 2017 presidential elections, while President Emmanuel Macron’s party came in fifth place. .

The significant decline in the voter turnout in the first round on Sunday, which Elabi pollster expected to reach 68.5 percent, coincided with the end of months of strict restrictions on civil liberties due to the Corona pandemic and amid sunny weather.

“The government won this evening because in the last few weeks it has been looking at a massive abstention,” said Jordan Padilla, Le Pen’s main candidate in the greater Paris region.

An opinion poll conducted by Ipsos showed that the center-right republicans got 27.2 percent of the vote nationwide, ahead of the far right, which got 19.3 percent, then the Green Party, then the Socialist Party, then Macron’s Republic on the Move, which got 11.2 cent.

The second round of regional elections will be held on June 27. The regional elections are a survey of voters’ attitudes ahead of next year and a test of Le Pen’s qualifications.





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