French Conservatives Gain Ground as Macron and Le Pen Fail to Make Headway in Key Regional Polls | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

French Conservatives Gain Ground as Macron and Le Pen Fail to Make Headway in Key Regional Polls

The first round of regional elections in France, perceived as a "rehearsal" for the 2022 presidential election, has been marred by a conspicuously low voter turnout: only one voter in three cast their ballots on Sunday.

French voters headed to polling stations on Sunday to cast their vote in the first round of regional elections, but both French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move and the right-wing National Rally, headed by 2022 presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, suffered a setback, failing to make the ground they intended, exit polls showed on Sunday night.

According to projections, Macron's party showed a poor performance in many of France's 13 regions, failing to win more than 10 percent of the overall votes. National Rally, while ahead of Republic on the Move, garnered only 18-19 percent of the votes - down nine percent compared to the 2015 regional polls.

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