The first results are known. Despite a large abstention – only one in three voters went to the polls – the Republicans (LR) lead the first round regional elections. Contrary to what long flattering polls indicated, the National Rally (RN) comes only in second place. On the left, the outgoing socialist candidates resist well, like Carole Delga (PS) in Occitanie and Alain Rousset in New Aquitaine.

Laurent Pietraszewski, who is not qualified for the next round, calls for a vote for Xavier Bertrand in the second round (LR). With 9.1% of the votes, the LREM candidate failed to cross the 10% mark of the votes cast.

According to estimates published by Ifop / Fiducial for TF1 and LCI, the candidate Aleksandar Nikolic (RN) could come out on top in front of the outgoing president, François Bonneau (PS). With 24.5% of the vote, this unknown to the general public, never elected, could create a surprise, reports Le Figaro.

Elbow to elbow with the list of Renaud Muselier (LR), the candidate of the National Rally (RN) Thierry Mariani finally seems to widen the gap to arrive in the lead in the first round. In Paca, the RN list obtains 34.4% against 33.6% for the outgoing president, according to Ifop-Fiducial estimates for TF1 and LCI.

“The voters put us at the head of this election in the first round”, claimed Thierry Mariani in a speech, while regretting the abstention.

In a brief televised address, the president of the National Rally (RN) regretted “the disenchantment of the French for this local election”. Given the lead in 6 out of 13 regions by the polls, Marine Le Pen’s party would only come in first position in the Paca region. This counter-performance “gives a misleading vision of electoral reality,” said the member for Pas-de-Calais.

The outgoing president of the Ile-de-France region tops the estimates for the first round with 34.2% of the vote, according to Ipsos / Sopra Steria. Valérie Pécresse (LR) is well ahead of Jordan Bardella (RN), who receives only 14.6% of the vote. Julien Bayou (EELV) takes third place with 12.9% of the vote, just ahead of Clémentine Autain (LFI) with 11.4%. Finally, the LREM candidate Laurent Saint-Martin obtains 10.8% of the vote, slightly more than Audrey Pulvar (PS), who tops out at 10.6%.

In Ile-de-France, abstention was massive with more than 69.8% of voters who were not moved to the polls.

The Rassemblement national (RN) narrowly takes first place in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region. Thierry Mariani’s list is ahead of Renaud Muselier (LR) with 34.8% against 33.7% for the outgoing president, according to Ipsos / Sopra estimates for France Info. But the score is particularly tight and could change during the recount.

Big winner of the election night, Xavier Bertrand improved his score in 2015 with almost 44% of the votes cast in favor of his candidacy. He leaves Sébastien Chenu, the RN candidate at a safe distance, who obtains 24.4% of the vote, ahead of Karima Delli, who led a left-wing union list (18%).

The Republicans (LR) lead the first round of regional elections with 29.3%. In second place, the National Rally (RN) won 19.1% of the vote, according to Elabe estimates for BFMTV. In third position, the Socialist Party held up well, with 16.5% of the vote. The total of the left lists (PS / EELV / FI / PCF / DVG) amounts to 34.3%.

This interactive map will be updated in real time from 8 p.m., when the first results are known.

In Reunion, the first results are already known. Didier Robert, the outgoing president (Union of the center and the right) leads with 28.34% of the vote. The list led by Huguette Bello (Union on the left) comes in second with 24.59%, according to France Info.

| Regional Elections 2021 | The turnout for the 1st round of the # Régionales2021 elections is estimated at 28.93% at 5:00 p.m. at # LaRéunionhttps: //t.co/kCWD5O4ShN

According to figures communicated by the Ministry of the Interior at 5 p.m., Corsica tops the turnout with 47.31% of the island’s voters who went to the polls.

Conversely, the Ile-de-France and Grand Est regions voted less than elsewhere in France, with 21.97% and 21.73% respectively.

In the Occitanie region, Socialist President Carole Delga seems to be well on the way to offering herself a second term. With 29% of the voting intentions in the first round, it is slightly ahead of the candidate RN Jean-Paul Garraud (31%), but it has a priori a sufficient reserve of votes to win in the second round, on the 27th. June.

In Hauts-de-France, the situation is more complex for Xavier Bertrand. A declared presidential candidate, the former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy has promised to put his ambitions aside if he fails to get re-elected on his land. At this stage, he leads the polls in the first round, with 35% of the voting intentions.

But the gap is narrowing with the candidate of the National Rally, Sébastien Chenu (32%), who dreams of giving a victory to the team of Marine Le Pen. Gathered around the ecologist Karima Delli, the left is emerging only at 17%, while the LREM candidate, Laurent Pietraszewski (11%), exceeds the qualification threshold in the second round by a small point, despite the weight reinforcement of ‘Eric Dupond-Moretti on his list.

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