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Socialist Party loses
its dominance in
metropolitan France

Paris, 24 March 2015: Following last Sunday’s departmental elections, the Socialists are no longer the natural ruling party in metropolitan France. While, after the first round of voting, the Socialist Party (PS) and its allies came first in a majority of the country’s urban cantons (constituencies), its lead over the centre-right coalition of former President Nicolas Sarkozy was due to its strength in not more than a handful of cities. Left-wing parties topped the polls in 48 metropolitan cantons, while centre-right parties won in 45 cantons. The far right National Front (FN) received the largest number of votes in 16 cantons. A second round of elections will be held this coming Sunday.

Results from France’s major cities.
(Due to their special status within France, no elections were held in Paris or Lyon)

Anger
7 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 3; Centre-right parties lead in 4; The National Front leads in 0

Bordeaux
5 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 1; Centre-right parties lead in 4; The National Front leads in 0

Dijon
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 5; Centre-right parties lead in 1; The National Front leads in 0

Grenoble
4 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 5; Centre-right parties lead in 0; The National Front leads in 0

Le Havre
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 1; Centre-right parties lead in 3; The National Front leads in 2

Lille
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 3; Centre-right parties lead in 2; The National Front leads in 1

Marseille
12 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 2; Centre-right parties lead in 3; The National Front leads in 7

Montpellier
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 3; Centre-right parties lead in 1; The National Front leads in 2

Nantes
7 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 7; Centre-right parties lead in 0; The National Front leads in 0

Nice
9 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 0; Centre-right parties lead in 7; The National Front leads in 2

Reims
9 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 2; Centre-right parties lead in 5; The National Front leads in 2

St Etienne
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 3; Centre-right parties lead in 3; The National Front leads in 0

Strasbourg
6 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 4; Centre-right parties lead in 2; The National Front leads in 0

Toulon
4 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 0; Centre-right parties lead in 4; The National Front leads in 0

Toulouse
11 cantons: Left wing parties lead in 9; Centre-right parties lead in 2; The National Front leads in 0

Across the whole of urban and rural France, the centre-right UMP (Union pour un mouvement populaire) and its allies received some 29 per cent of the vote, ahead of the National Front (FN) on 25 per cent, followed by the Socialist Party and its allies on 22 per cent. In the second round, voters will be asked to choose between the winner and runner-up in each canton. The FN, having come first or second in almost half of all cantons, will fight for some 1,100 seats. Left-wing parties will be absent in a quarter of all cantons, which is unprecedented.

Sunday’s second round will be ‘binôme’ - with tandems consisting of two names. Each tandem will have a male and female candidate. This new rule to elect both a man and a woman is a push for greater gender equality in the departments. In 2011, less than a quarter of first round candidates were women.

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