Keyword: regional elections

Poll dampens far-right hopes in regional election final round

Poll suggests Front National leader Marine Le Pen and niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen could both lose in regions they scored highly in on Sunday.

How the far-right handed Sarkozy his dismissal notice

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Vote counting in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region. © Reuters Vote counting in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region. © Reuters

Among all the political casualties of the first round of France’s regional elections last weekend, when the far-right Front National party achieved a landslide share of votes cast, none was left in poorer shape than Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the recently-renamed conservative opposition party, Les Républicains.  The success of the Front National, and the retreat of support for the conservatives, is widely forecast to be sealed in next Sunday’s final round of voting. Mediapart editor François Bonnet and political correspondent Ellen Salvi analyse why the former president, since his return to active politics 18 months ago, has failed to reconstruct the mainstream Right, and how, by perpetually mimicking the far-right, he has handed them victory.  

Socialists pull candidates out of three regional election contests

The Socialist Party orders its third-placed candidates stand down for second-round vote to favour conservatives and block far-right Front National.

Socialists fear options after regional rout in SE France

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Election billboards in Nice. © ES Election billboards in Nice. © ES

France’s far-right Front National (FN) party is hoping to take control of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in nationwide regional elections played out today and next Sunday. The council of this south-east corner of France has been run for 17 years by the Socialist Party, which is now predicted to receive a drubbing. The main predicament facing the socialists after the first round is whether or not to withdraw their list of candidates for the benefit of the hard-right conservative candidate to defeat the FN. But, as Ellen Salvi reports from Nice, even collective political suicide may not be enough to stop the increasingly popular far-right.

French regional elections: first round as it happened plus final results

France went to the urns on Sunday in the first of two-round elections to decide the makeup of the councils of France’s 13 newly-formed ‘super’ regions. The poll, held December 6th and 13th, is an important test of the French political map, 18 months away from presidential and parliamentary elections. The final results show a massive victory for the far-right Front National, which garnered the biggest share of the vote nationwide and goes into the second round next Sunday with its candidates in the lead in six regions. This is Mediapart’s coverage in English of results and reaction after the first-round vote on Sunday, with an update of final scores on Monday.

France goes to the polls in regional elections

Far-right Front national party hopes to win control of two regions, while conservatives tipped for wide gains and ruling socialists for large defeat.

Nicolas Sarkozy rules out alliance with socialists to defeat far-right

The ex-president and now conservative opposition leader said no joint deals will be made to bar Front National from wins in regional elections.

France’s regional elections made volatile by Paris attacks

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Nieulle-sur-Seudre. © Mathieu Magnaudeix Nieulle-sur-Seudre. © Mathieu Magnaudeix

Next Sunday France goes to the polls to elect the members of the councils ruling the country’s new administrative regions, and which will be an important test of the popularity of the far-right Front National party tipped to draw strongly increased support. The two-round elections for the 13 new super-regions, created in a reform earlier this year from 22 previous regions, are overshadowed by the immense shock felt across France after the terrorist massacres in Paris last month. Mathieu Magnaudeix travelled before and after the attacks to the new Aquitaine-Poitou-Charentes-Limousin region in south-west France where, bucking the trend, the Socialist Party was confident of victory. On his return visit last weekend, he found that optimism had completely disappeared in the aftermath of the attacks.

French employers federation warns against voting for far-right

Medef boss Pierre Gattaz was speaking ahead of regional elections next weekend, when the Front National is tipped to make strong gains.

Far-right 'poster girl' aims to grab Riviera in regional elections

Front National’s Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, 25, is at the fore of a crucial new battle in the party’s grassroots rise across France.

The political risks for Hollande as French mayors protest against cuts

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Mayors from across France have staged demonstrations against reduced funding from central government. However, the right-wing mayor who is behind the protests oversaw similar cuts in 2011 when he was budget minister. Meanwhile President Hollande, who is overseeing the current funding squeeze, opposed such moves when he was in opposition. But as Hubert Huertas argues, while there's more than a whiff of hypocrisy about the protests, they could nonetheless be damaging to the socialist government and the head of state himself.

Poll gives far-right victory in French socialist bastion in December elections

Opinion survey finds Front National party will win Nord-Pas-de-Calais in north-east France from the socialists in year-end regional elections.

Marine Le Pen to stand in French regional elections

President of the far-right Front National plans to compete for power in northern region normally considered a stronghold of the French Left.