President Emmanuel Macron's party has suffered a crushing defeat in the local elections in France. It has only been a matter of satisfaction for him that even the National Rally Party of the far-right leader Marie Le Pen did not get the expected success in these elections. Much success has come to the traditional Conservative party - Les Republicans.
In a televised debate after the exit poll results were released, an MP from Macron's centrist party La République en Marsh (LREM) said the election results were a slap on his party's cheek. The biggest failure of the President is believed to be that he has not been able to motivate the voters to vote. The overall voter turnout was only 32 per cent. Such a low turnout had never happened in the history of modern France.
Before the election, it was speculated that Le Pen's party could win a clear victory in one or more regions. But he did not get such success. The most successful was Les Republicans, who got 29.3 percent of the vote. Le Pen's National Rally Party got 19.1 percent and the former ruling Socialist Party got 16.6 percent of the vote. Macron's party LREM could get only 10.9 per cent of the vote. Seeing this, party MP Aurore Burge said- 'I will not try to underestimate what has happened. This result is a public slap on our cheeks.
The first regional elections were held in 2015. There was 50 per cent voting then. In the 2010 elections, 53.7% of the votes were cast. In this way, this is the second consecutive time, when the voting percentage has declined. According to analysts, the way France is in a political crisis at the moment, it is directly affected by it. According to him, this is an example of the declining trust of the people in political parties.
Elections were held for a total of 14 regions and 96 departments in France. Local administration is considered very important in France. Regional councils have budgets of billions of euros. They have the right to implement the plans of school and transport operation and economic development in their area. This time votes were cast for a total of 4,108 seats. For these 15,786 candidates were in the fray. These elections are completed in two phases. Voting for the next phase will be held on June 27.
It was earlier speculated that these elections would give some indication about the presidential election to be held next year. But according to the experts, the voting percentage was so low that it is difficult to make any such estimate now. It is understood that the main contest in next year's presidential election will be between President Macron and Le Pen. The hopes of both these parties have suffered a setback in these elections. After the sign of the election results emerged, Le Pen said - 'Our voters did not come to vote.'
According to the French electoral system, in regional elections, the parties issue a list of their candidates. The number of votes that the party gets in the poll is allotted seats in the elected body in proportion to it. The parties which are successful in securing more than 10 per cent votes are allowed to contest the second phase of elections. Some parties may form an alliance before the second phase. It remains to be seen whether the mainstream parties form such a coalition as in the last presidential election, whose purpose will be to prevent Le Pen's party from winning.