Macron, Le Pen suffer election setback

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21st June, 2021 03:12:02 PM printer

Macron, Le Pen suffer election setback

 

France Early results indicate both President Emmanuel Macron and his opponent Marine Le Pen will fail to make the gains they were hoping for in the first round of regional elections in France.

Macron's centrist party is projected to gain more than 10% of the vote - just enough to take part in the second round next weekend.

Le Pen's far-right National Rally has also fallen short of expectations.

Both are trailing the conservative party, Les Républicains.

One of Macron's MPs, Aurore Bergé, described her party's poor performance as a "democratic slap in the face for all of us".

Le Pen's National Rally party was expected to top Sunday's first round of polling, and win at least one region for the first time. Instead it is now predicted to come second.

Le Pen is not running as a candidate but she has been leading the campaign.

(BBC)

 


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