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Far-right results worse than expected in France’s regional elections | abroad

France’s National Rally led by Marine Le Pen underperformed France’s far-right on Sunday in the first round of France’s regional and local elections. The turnout in the elections was also very low.

“Catching up is still possible,” RN Vice President Jordan Bardella said on TF1 commercial television, referring to the second round on June 27. Although pollsters predicted otherwise, his team did not win in any of the six districts for which polls were available shortly after 8 p.m. Le Pen called on her constituents not to be influenced by the results of the first round. “Do everything possible to achieve the victories that France needs.”

La République en Marche, President Emmanuel Macron’s party, was also disappointed, less than a year before the presidential election. Founded around Emmanuel Macron for the 2017 presidential election, LREM has no local roots and is not doing well. “It was difficult,” admitted government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

Remarkably, according to the committees’ estimates, between 66.5% and 68.6% of those entitled to vote did not attend. “This is very worrying,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.

Left Party leader calls for “investigation committee”

The leader of the left-wing “La France Insumes” party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, called Sunday for a “committee of inquiry into the circumstances of the vote” in the first round of the French regional elections. marred by malfunctions.

It is time to investigate the causes of these problems. Melenchon said from his campaign headquarters that the National Assembly (the lower house of the French parliament) will establish a commission of inquiry into the circumstances in which the vote took place on Sunday.

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Christian Jacob, leader of the French Republic in France. © AFP