As it happened: Conservatives lead French regional elections marred by record-low turnout

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France went to the polls Sunday in the first round of regional polls seen as a test of voters' mood ahead of next year's all-important presidential contest. Follow the election as it happened on our liveblog.

  • The conservative Les Républicains party surged to a first-round lead ahead of Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) and parties of the centre and left.

  • President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling LREM party suffered setbacks in most regions, failing to reach the 10 percent threshold required to qualify for the runoff vote in the flashpoint Hauts-de-France region.

  • Le Pen’s National Rally fell short of expectations, though it still harbours hopes of winning the southern Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, which includes Marseille, in next week's runoff.

  • In the Paris region, conservative incumbent Valérie Pécresse is well ahead, one of six candidates poised to qualify for the second round.

  • The elections, which followed a gruelling year and a half of lockdowns and curfews, were marred by record-low turnout of under 34%.

  • The second round of voting will take place on June 27.

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