- 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.
Republicans, Socialists Defend Control of French Regions
Mainstream parties avenge their 2017 and 2019 election losses.
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