The result of the regional elections in France was eagerly awaited. The vote is a test of the mood for the presidential election next year – and shows a clear loser.
In the regional elections in France, the party of right-wing populist Marine Le Pen was not able to win a single region according to an extrapolation. In the particularly hotly contested southern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, candidate Thierry Mariani from the Rassemblement National (RN) only got a good 42 percent, as reported by TV station France 2. The bourgeois-conservative applicant Renaud Muselier achieved more than 57 percent. The two politicians were the only remaining applicants in the final round.
The Le Pen party, formerly known as the Front National, has never managed to conquer a region in France. Le Pen wanted to use a success in the south as a stepping stone to start the fight for the presidential election in ten months.
Macron’s party friend: “Disappointment”
The ruling party La République en Marche (LREM) of President Emmanuel Macron also missed out and ended up behind with seven percent of the vote. A high-ranking party representative spoke of a “disappointment”.
The conservatives were also the strongest force in the runoff election: According to information from opinion research institutes, they received around 38 percent of the vote and were thus able to significantly expand their lead. Previously, there was again a low turnout.