Rabat - Marine Le Pen's National Front lost its bid to win the French regional elections.
Rabat – Marine Le Pen’s National Front lost its bid to win the French regional elections.
Results are coming in for the second round of regional elections in France on Sunday, in which the National Front (FN), France’s far-right party has reportedly lost all regions.
Today’s results are totally the opposite from the first round of regional elections held last Sunday, when the National Front took an unprecedented lead.
The first provisional polls indicate that the FN has failed to capitalize on last week’s results, as the moderate parties have joined to prevent the anti-Islam and anti-immigration party from having any significant regional representation.
Voter turnout reached nearly 60 percent by 7:00 p.m., according to the national statistics office INSEE – which is 10 percent higher than during the December 6 elections.
According to French media, preliminary results suggest that the opposition conservatives of former President Nicolas Sarkozy has won five of the country’s 13 mainland regions, while the socialists of president François Holland have won three regions.
Meanwhile, the FN failed to capture any of its three main key targets: Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine.
However, vote results for the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region are too close to call a winner yet.
Preliminary results indicate the race is too tight to call for three other regions – Normandie, Centre-Val de Loire and Paris’ Ile-de-France.
According to AP, the provisional results are as follows:
“Party leader Marine Le Pen and her niece lost their bids to run two French regions in elections Sunday seen as an important test for the anti-immigrant party.
Polling agencies Ipsos, Ifop, TNS-Sofres projected that President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and its opponent the UMP led by Nicolas Sarkozy won control of France’s 13 regions.
According to the same source, Le Pen won around 42 percent of the vote in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, while UMP’s Xavier Bertrand about 57 percent.
Le Pen’s niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, was projected to win about 45 percent in the southern Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, while the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, was projected to win about 55 percent.”