Republicans, Socialists Defend Control of French Regions

Mainstream parties avenge their 2017 and 2019 election losses.

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Harbor of La Rochelle, France, June 23, 2020 (Unsplash/Simon Pallard)
  • France’s traditional left- and right-wing parties won the first round of regional elections on Sunday.
  • They were eclipsed in the 2017 national and 2019 European elections by Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally.
  • Neither Macron nor Le Pen is likely to win one of France’s eighteen regional presidencies, but they are still polling in first and second place for the 2022 presidential election.
  • The second round of the regional elections will be held next week.