National Front observed losing two contested regions in French election runoffs

PARIS France’s far-correct National Front will not garner adequate votes in election runoffs to win two essential regions where it had come out on top in a 1st round of voting, a poll showed on Wednesday.

France will hold the runoffs on Sunday. Marine Le Pen’s anti-Europe, anti-immigrant party scored record gains in the 1st round boosted by fears over the Islamic State attacks in Paris that killed 130 individuals final month.

In the northern area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, Le Pen would win 47 percent of the vote whilst former minister Xavier Bertrand with the conservative Republicains would get 53 %, the TNS Sofres-OnePoint poll showed.

In the southern Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, Le Pen’s niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen would get 46 % against 54 % for Christian Estrosi, the conservative mayor of the Riviera city of Good.

The National Front’s gains in the initial round came largely at the expense of the ruling Socialists, who have called on their candidates to pull out of the elections in the two regions as nicely as an eastern area to improve the chances of the National Front losing.

Sunday’s vote will be a essential for hopes of would-be candidates preparing for the subsequent presidential election in 2017.

The poll for newspaper Le Figaro and television channel LCI was conducted on the web Dec. 7-8 with 803 respondents in each regions.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas)

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