Right-wing governing parties and coalitions were elected from seven councils; however, with low popular participation, the result may not be repeated in the 2022 presidential elections

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the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the leader of the far right, Marine Le Pen, were defeated by the regional elections in the country. In the election, the French choose the presidents of the 13 regional councils, a position similar to that of governors. On the eve of the presidential race, Macron’s “The Marching Republic” and Le Pen’s National Meeting did not win any office. Right-wing governing parties and coalitions were elected in seven councils, while the left-wing in five and regionalists in one. The results mark the return of the French traditional right by the Socialist Party and by “The Republicans”, both crushed by Macron’s victory in 2017.

However, analysts urge caution when saying that the situation could be repeated in the Presidential elections next year. One of the reasons is the low participation: 66.7% of the French did not go to the polls, a record abstention in regionals. Emmanuel Macron, who traveled the country last week to win votes in the party, avoided putting himself as a candidate for re-election. Questioned, the French president said that it is too early to say and added that he will have to make difficult choices in the final stretch of his term.

*With information from the reporter Nanny Cox

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