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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s party is expected to make gains as French voters pick their regional assemblies, less than a year before the presidential election. Voters in France headed to the polls Sunday in regional elections that will gauge the appeal of the country’s far-right leader, Marine Le Pen. Her National Rally (RN) party has been repositioning itself as a more mainstream political force, less than a year before the country’s presidential election. The elections are being held to pick assemblies for mainland France’s 13 regions and 96 departments. The voting will be held over two consecutive Sundays. Unless parties win over 50% of the vote in the first round, a second runoff vote will be held on June 27. After a challenging year with lockdowns and restrictions, French President Emmanuel Macron is in a precarious situation. His party, the Republic on the Move (LREM), not projected to win any of the 13 regions.

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