PARIS Marine Le Pen’s far-appropriate National Front lost election run-offs on Sunday in three crucial target regions regardless of topping last week’s very first round, exit polls showed, generating Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives and their allies the clear winner in all 3.
The outcome followed the withdrawal of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party in two of the regions for the decisive run-off round, and its call on supporters to vote tactically to hold the FN out of energy.
Sarkozy’s The Republicans and center-correct allies took 57.five % of the vote in the northern region, exactly where FN leader Marine Le Pen was standing against her 42.5 percent, the Ifop Fiducial poll for iTELE, Paris Match and Sud Radio showed.
In the south-east, where Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen was the FN’s lead candidate, the conservatives scored 54.5 percent and the FN 45.five, the poll stated.
The turnout in both regions was much more than 61 percent, up significantly from the initial round, the poll showed.
In the eastern region, where the Socialists did not withdraw, the center right won 48.four percent against the FN’s 36.4 %, according to a separate poll by TNS Sofres-1 Point.
If confirmed, the benefits would be a massive disappointment for Le Pen, who had hoped to use victories as a springboard for presidential and general elections in 2017.
Benefits in all of the 13 regions of mainland France had been anticipated later in the evening.
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander Writing by Michel Rose Editing by Andrew Callus)