The first round of regional elections was a success for the French right led by Les Républicains. The party leads in six regions but is struggling in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Republicans perform well
Sunday June 20, 2021 was held the first round of the French regional elections. While the abstention rate is record high, the Republican Party and its candidates have performed well, taking the lead in six metropolitan areas. At the national level, they are moreover The Republicans who get the most votes with 28.4% of the votes cast. Damien Abad, bosses of LR deputies, welcomed ” the victory of the right, the first party in France “.
In detail, Xavier Bertrand, former LR but supported by the party, comes first in the Hauts-de-France region with 43.1% of the vote, he is followed by the candidate of the National Rally who obtains 24.4% voices. In Île-de-France, Valérie Pécresse dominates with 34.7% of the vote. Here again, the RN comes in second and the list led by Jordan Bardella obtains 13.6% of the vote. In the Grand-Est, LR Jean Rottner takes the lead with 31% of the vote. Laurent Wauquiez, candidate for re-election in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, is largely in the lead with 44% of the vote.
A success for the National Gathering
The National Rally also recorded good scores, taking the lead in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The RN candidate, Thierry Mariani, obtains 35.9% of the votes against 32.5% of the votes for Renaud Muselier who is building a list of alliance between the LR and the Republic in March. It is in this region that the uncertainty is greatest. Julien Bayou has also threatened to withdraw his support for Jean-Laurent Felizia, leader of the EELV list, who came third, if the latter is maintained in the second round. “ We can not play this election with dice, the risk National rally is too high », He believes.
If the National Rally is in the lead in only one region, Marine Le Pen’s party takes second place at the national level with 19.3% of the votes cast in its favor. In many areas, RN listings come second.
The collapse of the Republic in progress
The regional elections were also good for the Socialist Party and its allies, as they recorded 15.8% of the votes in the first round at the national level, thus taking the third step of the podium. The PS leads in five regions. In Brittany, Center-Val de Loire, New Aquitaine, Occitanie and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. In Corsica, little surprise, it is the separatists who come first with 29.2%.
For the presidential majority, it is a tumble. No first place for the Republic on the move which comes fifth at the national level with 10.6% of the vote. Results so bad that LaREM and its allies only qualified in the second round in three regions: Hauts-de-France, Occitanie and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.