DrTake a mood test a little less than a year before the French presidential election Marine Le Pen And Emmanuel Macron has already lost. Nearly 67 percent of eligible voters stayed away from the polls in Sunday’s first regional ballot. The National Rally (RN) suffered heavy losses and received 19 percent of the vote nationwide, compared to 28 percent in 2015.
The ruling party, La République en marche (LREM), received about ten percent of the vote and could hardly influence the balance of power in the second ballot next Sunday. The head of the right-wing Republic, Christian Jacob, spoke of an “unprecedented defeat” for a ruling party. Le Pen said that due to the very low turnout, the election result gave a “deceptive picture” of the balance of political power in the country. in December 2015 National Front It emerged from the first round as the strongest force in the regional elections.
The 52-year-old presidential candidate appeared visibly angry in front of the television cameras on election night. She criticized the “civilian catastrophe” of the low turnout. “Given the government action wreaking havoc in our country, our voters need to respond. ‘If you don’t vote for your ideas, your vote doesn’t matter,'” Le Pen said, visibly angry. She hoped that turnout would improve in the second round.
Her words showed disappointment. The survey institutes expected their candidates to achieve high success in six regions. In the historic stronghold on the Mediterranean coast alone, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), top candidate Thierry Mariani can still hope for victory. With a result of 35.5 percent of the vote, he is slightly ahead of the current right-wing regional council president Renaud Muselier, who has 33 percent.
Relinquishment or exclusion from the party
The candidate of the Union of the Left (Socialists, Greens, and Communists), Jean-Laurent Felizia, received 15 percent and initially refused to withdraw his candidacy to prevent the far right from succeeding. This led to unrest with the party’s headquarters in Paris on Monday. Green Party leader Julian Bayeux threatened his friend Felicia with expulsion from the party if he did not concede in favor of the Museliers. Six years ago, left-wing parties joined the Civic Right to stop Le Pen’s granddaughter Marion Marechal. “We can’t take the risk of helping Le Pen win,” said Bayo. Then Felicia announced on Monday afternoon that she was retiring. This increases Muselier’s chances of staying at the top of the area.