Five key points of the regional elections in France | France
The French regional elections resulted in a humiliating defeat for the far-right National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen, a bitter failure for Emmanuel Macron and overwhelming victories for the incumbents of the traditional center-right and center-left parties from the country.
A record turnout of less than 35%, however, makes it difficult to draw any clear lessons for next year’s presidential elections, in which Macron and Le Pen clearly remain in the lead – although the race has certainly become much more interesting. .
Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s poll:
It was a very bad night for The pen…
As the elections for the 13 regional governments in mainland France approached, the head of the far-right RN party was confident of conquering three or even five regions, with pre-vote polls giving her party a lead out of six in the first round.
In the end, she failed to win one. The RN’s greatest hopes were for the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region which includes Marseille and Nice, but its candidate, Thierry Mariani, only succeeded 43%, against 57% for center-right Renaud Muselier.
The party’s generally reliable voters did not surrender; candidates, including Mariani, recruited from the traditional right in an attempt to broaden its appeal, have been miserably affected; and in many areas, the RN is doing much worse than the last time.