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French polls; France's Green party and its allies made significant gain

France’s Green party and its left-wing allies have made significant gains in the second and final round of municipal

French polls

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Jun 2020 6:54 AM GMT

France's Green party and its left-wing allies have made significant gains in the second and final round of municipal elections, while President Emmanuel Macron's centrist The Republic on the Move (LERM) failed to gain a strong foothold. Exit polls showed that the European Ecologists and the Greens (EELV) recorded a strong performance in the elections held on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. They claimed victory in cities including Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Poitiers, Besancon, Annecy, Bastia and Tours. Traditionally, one of bastions of the Republicans party, Marseille, France's second largest city, switched to the left wing. The environmentalist Michele Rubirola, who headed a left-wing coalition, was seen winning the vote with nearly 40 per cent, 10 percentage points ahead of her conservative rival Martine Vassal, according to Ipsos/Sopra Steria.

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