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Macron's Party Suffers A Significant Loss in French Polls

Macron’s Party Suffers A Significant Loss in French Polls

PARIS – The ruling party of French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a significant defeat in the municipal elections held on Sunday.
According to exit polls, the Republic on the Move (LREM) party lost large cities while Europe Ecology, the Green Party (EELV), won in Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Poitiers, Besancon and Marseille.
The second round of polls was scheduled for March 22 but was postponed due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Some 16.5 million eligible voters in about 5,000 cities and towns cast their ballots at polling stations after the first round did not produce a decisive result.
They were required to wear face masks and bring their own feathers to reduce the risk of contamination.
A total of 34,967 mayors and vice mayors were elected in the first and second rounds.
About 60% of voters abstained, a historical record. Abstention was only 37.87% in the second round of 2014.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe defeated a communist contender for the mayor’s office in Le Havre with 58.83% of the vote.
Turkish politician Metin Yavuz was elected mayor of Valenton in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris.
According to the unofficial results, Yavuz received 52.37% of the votes.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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