France’s regional elections record one abstention

The first round of the French regional and local elections today resulted in an unprecedented abstention from voting in these elections, which according to opinion polls exceeded 65 percent.

On a day that saw dire results for the ruling La República en Marcha (LREM) party, which did not advance in the vote in any of the 13 disputed territories, the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) estimated that 67.8% of the vote was absent. 48 million voters, while Ipsos/Sopra Steria set it at 66.

The traditional right, represented by the Plus Republicans and their allies, and the Socialist Party accompanied by other left-wing forces, dominated a number of votes, after poor results in the European elections 2019 and municipal elections last year, although they will be. Round two, next Sunday, whichever is decided.

For its part, the far right came with the Party of the National Group (AN) worse than expected by its followers, with a good result in the first round only in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Center-Loire Valley.

According to estimates, LR was the most voted force this Sunday in France, with 27.2 percent, followed by AN (19.3), PS (17.6), ecologists and greens at EELV (12, 5), LREM (11.2) and La Francia Insumisa (4.2 ).

In the more densely populated areas, the current president of the island of Île de France, Valérie Pecres (right), dominated easily; as Laurent Wauquiez (right) in Auvergne-Rhône-Alps; Xavier Bertrand (LR) in Upper France and Alain Rousset (PS) in New Aquitaine.

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