French regional elections end in defeat for far-right and Macron ruling party

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The results of the second and final round of voting on Sunday to decide the composition of France’s regional councils was marked by a remarkably low turnout averaging around 34%, and the failure of the far-right and President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party to gain control of any.  Mathilde Goanec and Ellen Salvi report.

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Elections for control of France’s regional councils, representing the last nationwide voting before next year’s presidential and legislative polls, have ended with relative victories for the traditional parties of the Right and Left, which largely held on to their existing majorities, and resounding defeats for the far-right Rassemblement National and President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling LREM party.