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14 December 2015updated 02 Sep 2021 5:02pm

Front National pushed into third place in French regional elections

The party finished behind the Republican and Socialist parties in the second round of voting. 

By Barbara Speed

France’s Front National party has come third in the second round of voting in France’s regional elections, despite coming first in the vote’s first round. 

As a result, the far-right party failed to win a single region in the second round of voting. Marine Le Pen, the party’s president, failed to win the election in her own region, losing in the second round to the Republican candidate who took 57.8 per cent of the vote. 

Across the board, the centre-right Republican party came first in the regional elections. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist party came in second. 

France uses a two round run-off voting system for elections, which means that a second round is held if any party fails to receive more than the required number of votes. Front National took 28 per cent of the vote in the first place, putting it in first place ahead of the other parties.

However, the results of the second round indicate that voters for the two biggest parties will vote for each other in order to keep the far right party from power. 

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In a speech following the defeat, Le Pen said her party had been “disenfranchised in the most indecent of ways by a campaign of lies and disinformation” by the two larger parties. 

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