France votes in first regional elections since terrorist attacks

    France votes in first regional elections since terrorist attacks

    Dec 6, Paris: People in France are all set to vote in the first round of regional elections, the first electoral after seizing upon the Paris terror attacks and Europe's migrant crisis.

    The far-right National Front (FN) party is expected to make huge gains in Sunday's elections. The elections are viewed as a test of public support for the government's response to the attacks on 13 November, which killed 130 people.

    The FN is hoping to make gains and the centre-right Les Republicans party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to win a majority of regions, BBC news reported.

    The FN leader, Marine Le Pen, is likely to win in the northern region of Nord-Pas-De-Calais-Picardie, while her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen is a leading contender in the southern region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.

    The second round is on 13 December.

    Every party that attracts at least 10 per cent of votes on Sunday’s election  will qualify for the 'run off' elections on December 13.

    Polls open at 08:00 local time and close at 20:00, with some 44 million people eligible to vote.

    The Oslo Times


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