French regional elections results

The second round of the French regional elections took place on 21 March 2010.

1,880 regional councillors were up for election in France’s 26 consistuencies.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the turnout was 51.22%.

- Results by region (in French)
- Results (in French)

Number  % Registered voters  % Votes cast
Registered voters 43,354,968
Abstentions 21,148,548 48.78
Votes cast 22,206,420 51.22
Blank or spoilt ballot papers 1,013,554 2.34 4.56
Votes cast 21,192,866 48.88 95.44
Lists Votes  % Votes cast Seats
Communist and Left-wing (LCOP) 56,089 0.26 6
Socialist (LSOC) 660,193 3.12 58
Greens (LVEC) 207,435 0.98 11
Various Left-wing (LDVG) 698,450 3.30 92
Union of the Left (LUG) 9,833,795 46.40 1006
Regional lists (LREG) 117,692 0.56 27
Centre-MoDem (LCMD) 178,852 0.84 10
Majority (LMAJ) 7,496,897 35.37 511
Front National (LFN) 1,943,463 9.17 118

Regional elections

The purpose of regional elections is to elect the members of the regional councils, the region’s decision-making organ. The method of electing regional counsellors was altered by the Acts of 19 January 1999 and 11 April 2003. The Act of 11 April 2003 brought in for these elections of a system combining the first-past-the-post and proportional representation systems. In the first round, the list which has achieved the absolute majority obtains the majority of the seats. The rest of the seats are distributed according to the proportional system between lists which have obtained at least 5% of the votes. If no list has obtained the absolute majority, a second round is organized. Only lists which have won 10% of the votes in the first round can stand. The list which wins the most votes obtains a quarter of the seats. The remaining seats are distributed using the proportional system between the lists which have won at least 5% of the votes.

Regional councillors are elected for six years.


French regional elections first round results (14 March)

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the turnout was 46.36%.

Number
Registered voters 43,640,059
Abstentions 23,407,608 53.64
Votes cast 20,232,451 46.36
Blank or spoilt ballot papers 756,738 1.73 3.74
Votes cast 19,475,713 44.63 96.26
Lists Votes  % Votes cast Seats
Far left (LEXG) 662,199 3.40
Communist and Left-wing (LCOP) 1,137,153 5.84
Socialist (LSOC) 4,579,807 23.52 31
Greens (LVEC) 2,372,340 12.18
Various left-wing (LDVG) 594,947 3.05 4
Union of the Left (LUG) 1,094,111 5.62
Other lists (LAUT) 366,422 1.88 2
Regional lists (LREG) 146,104 0.75
Centre-MoDem (LCMD) 817,608 4.20
Majority (LMAJ) 5,066,826 26.02 4
Various right-wing (LDVD) 241,153 1.24
Front National (LFN) 2,223,760 11.42
Far right (LEXD) 173,283 0.89

See Also:
- French general election - 10 June and 17 June 2007

Published on 22/03/2010

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