A polling station during the 2017 elections in France. Photo credit: Flickr/Lorie Shaull (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Freedom House Rating
June 13, 2021 (Second round: June 20, 2021)
April 2022 (due)
June 2022 (due)
March 15 and June 28, 2020
June 11 and June 18, 2017
April 23 and May 7, 2017
December 6 and December 13, 2015
France holds regional elections on June 13, 2021, with a second round on June 20. These follow the 2020 municipal elections, and precede presidential and legislative elections due next year. Voters will elect members of France’s 17 regional councils.
These come ahead of next year’s presidential and legislative elections, where President Emmanuel Macron potentially faces a formidable challenge from the far-right.
Curated News and Analysis
Reuters (May 11, 2021): Le Pen candidate shown gaining control of Provence region in opinion poll
AFP (May 9, 2021): How France’s Macron is tacking right in bid for 2022 election triumph
The Economist (May 9, 2021): Four decades after François Mitterrand became president, France’s left is in trouble
Clea Caulcutt, Politico (May 4, 2021): French conservatives reeling after Macron’s kiss of death
Reuters (May 2, 2021): Macron’s party teams up with conservatives for regional elections in south
Tracy McNicoll, France24 (April 28, 2021): French twist: Spectacular surprises are the norm in France’s presidential elections
Clara Bauer-Babef and Mathieu Pollet, Euractiv (March 19, 2021): Left-wing alliance in northern France: a taster for the 2022 presidential election?
Norimitsu Onishi and Constant Méheut, New York Times (March 13, 2021): Can France’s far right rise to power? One mayor shows how
Henry Samuel, The Telegraph (March 11, 2021): Half of French voters eye Le Pen election victory as Macron loses support of Left
Victor Mallet, Financial Times (March 4, 2021): France embroiled in culture wars as election season nears
Marion Solletty, Politico (February 12, 2021): Who’s who: Macron’s top challengers for 2022
Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg (February 3, 2021): Macron’s Old Rival Le Pen Staging a Comeback for French Election
Sylvie Corbet, AP (June 28, 2020): Paris mayor reelected, green wave in France local elections
Pauline Bock, Euronews (June 28, 2020): Explainer: How do France’s local elections work, who are the parties and where are the key battles?
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Updated May 12, 2021