Live Blog: 2014 Municipal Elections

Today, French voters take to the polls for the first round of municipal elections. Follow along as we liveblog the results!

For additional information, be sure to check out our previous coverage:

 
 
12:00 PM CET:
  • Strasbourg : UMP 32% ,PS 31% ,FN 11%
  • Forbach : FN 35%, PS 35%, Independent 15%, UMP 12%
  • Fréjus : FN 40%, UMP 18%, PS 16%
  • Paris 12ème arrondissement : PS 37% ,UMP 32%, Greens 10%
  • Tomorrow’s Headlines:
    • Libération :  Peur sur les Villes – Fear on the cities
    • Le Figaro : Désaveu pour la gauche – Distrust for the Left
    • L’Humanité : Scrutin de défiance pour la droite et la gauche – Distrustful vote for the right and the left
11:50 PM CET:
  • In Grenoble, the Greens lead the PS.
  • Montreuil : Indep. 25%, FDG 18%, UMP 16%, Greens 15%
  • 267 cities of more than 10,000 inhabitants have changed parties : 144 towards the right, 31 towards the left, 91 for independent candidates and 1 to the FN.
11:30 PM CET:
  • In Lyon, PS incumbent Gérard Collomb is ahead in 6 of 9 arrondissements. He is likely to secure a third term as mayor next Sunday.
  • Paris 9ème arrondissement : UMP 39%, PS 39 %
  • Paris 5ème arrondissement : PS 28%, UMP 26%, Independent 24% (only 10% of the votes)
  • Paris 6ème arrondissement : UMP Jean-Pierre Lecoq elected with 52%
  • Paris 4ème arrondissement : PS 37%, UMP 37%
  • Paris 15ème arrondissement : UMP 49%, PS 28%
  • Paris 12ème arrondissement : PS 37%, UMP 32%, Greens 10%
  • Nantes : PS 36%, UMP 22%, Greens 13%
  • Aix-en-Provence : UMP 37%, PS 19%, Independent 11%, FN 10%
  • Marseille : UMP 36%, FN 22%, PS 20% (Caution : like Paris, the city is divided in several arrondissements)
  • Poitiers : PS 35%, UMP 24%, Greens 15%, FN 11%, UDI 10%
  • Montpellier : PS 25%, UMP 22%, Independent 22%, FN 13%
  • Strasbourg : UMP 32% PS 31% FN 11%
  • Forbach : FN 35%, PS 35%, Independent 15%, UMP 12%
  • Fréjus : FN 40%, UMP 18%, PS 16%
  • Orange : Jacques Bompart (extreme-right, independent) is re-elected in the 1st round.
  • Bruno Le Maire (UMP) : “The cities that elect FN candidates will be able to judge their work.”
  • Marine Le Pen (FN) : “We are waiting to govern those, to prove we can govern differently. And the UMP and the FN are afraid of that.”
11:00 PM CET (6 PM EST): 
  • Le Monde calls the first round “catastrophic” for the PS
10: 45 PM CET:
  • Anne Hidalgo, PS candidate in Paris: Happy that Parisians chose to participate to this vote more than expected. Also happy that, “in the majority of Parisian districts, [Parisians] voted in favor of left-wing lists.” Calls “all those who wants this city to be innovative”, “humanist”  to come to vote. Invites all Parisians to “engage themselves in the battle in every district”
10:30 PM CET: 
  • Despite good results, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, UMP candidate in Paris, might lack votes in the second round to maintain her advantage, where Anne Hidalgo (PS) will probably gather more votes from the Ecologists (EELV). It is unlikely that NKM will win the 12th and the 14th districts of Paris, which would be necessary to win eventually.
  • Jean-François Copé (UMP): Despite refusal from his party to ally with PS candidates against the FN, “we will accept no fusion with FN candidates”
10:20 PM CET:
  • Forbach: FN 35.75%, PS 33%, Right 18.99, UMP 12.26
  • Lille: PS 35%
  • Candidates for the far-right FN have come in 1st in 7 different cities (Hénin-Beaumont, Forbach, Fréjus, Béziers, Perpignan and Avignon)
  • Emmanuelle Cosse (EELV): the “contrasted results for the Ecologists” are “a step backwards for the Left”
  • Martine Aubry, PS candidate in Lille: “very happy with this result”,  “unhappy with an always high abstention.” Responding to the results in Hénin-Beaumont, understands the voters who have known a local government that “disrespected republican values”
10:00 PM CET ( 5 PM EST): 
  • Bordeaux: Alain Juppé (UMP) elected after the 1st round
9:50 PM CET: 
  • Strasbourg: UMP 32.4%, PS 31.4%, FN 10.8%, UDI 7.7$
  • Toulouse: Right 37.7%, Left, 31.6%, FN 8.3%, EELV 7.5%
  • Orleans: S. Grouard (Right) elected with 53% of the vote
9:30 PM CET:
  • Anne Hidalgo (PS) candidate in Paris: “Everything remains to build”
  • Marine Le Pen (FN): “The French just took their freedom back”
  • Florian Phillipot (FN): to the French: “Confirm your vote”
  • Harlem Désir (PS- First Secretary of the Socialist Party): “We will do everything to prevent FN candidates from being elected”
  • Jean-François Copé (UMP): the voters are “exhausted” by the Socialist government.
  • Marseille (UPDATED DATA): UMP 38.2%, FN 22.4%, PS 20.7%
9:20 PM CET:
  • Béziers: FN 41.6 %, Right 30.7 %, Left 21.3%
  • Nîmes: Right 37.8%, FN 20.3%, Left 15.3%, EELV 12.3%
  • Paris (temporary results): NKM (UMP) 34.80%, Anne Hidalgo (PS) 33.6%, EELV 8.4%, FN 6.4%
  • Jean-Marc Ayrault has denounced the FN, saying, “”it is time to gather to gather widely and quickly”
9:00 PM CET (4 PM EST):
  •  Hénin-Beaumont: FN candidate Steeve Briois has been elected after the first round.
8:45 PM CET:
  • Pau : MoDem 41%, PS 27%, Indépendant 13%
  • Angers : UMP 35%, PS 27%, Indépendant (left) 15%
  • Toulon : Hubert Falco (UMP) re-elected in the 1st round with 58%
  • Brest : PS 42%, UMP 27%
  • Metz : PS 35%, UMP 34%, FN 21%
  • Paris 14ème arrondissement : PS 37% UMP (Nathalie Kozciusko Morizet) 31%
8:30 PM CET:
  • Lille: PS 35%, UMP 24%, FN 15%, EELV 11%
8:20 PM CET:
  • Najat Vallaud-Belkacem announces the PS will do everything to prevent FN candidates being elected
  • JF Copé is re-elected in Meaux in the 1st round, states that the UMP will not ally with the PS against the FN.
  • Tourcoing: PS 39%, UMP 37 %, FN 17 %
  • Nimes: UMP 36%, FN 20 %, PS 17 %
  • Mulhouse: UMP 42%, PS 31% , FN 21%
  • Amiens: UMP 45 %, PS 25 %, FN 15 %
  • Niort: controlled by the PS for 60 years, is won by the UMP
8:10 PM CET: 
  • Perpignan : FN 35%, UMP 30%, PS 12%
  • Béziers : FN 45%, UMP 29%, PS eliminated
  • St Etienne : UMP 36%, PS 30%
  • Henin Beaumont : Hénin Beaumont FN 49% PS 29 %
  • Le Puy-en-Velay : Laurent Wauquier of UMP re-elected in the 1st round
  • Avignon : PS 29% FN 29% UMP 21% FDG 12%
8:00 PM CET (3 PM EST): 
  • In Pau, François Bayrou of the Mouvement Démocrate leads with 41%
  • The FN leads in Béziers.
  • UMP leads in St. Etienne, Quimper, Reims, Amiens & Nancy.
  • Unaffiliated candidate Pape Diouf condemns election fraud in Marseille.
7:30 PM CET: 
  • Unofficial results show the UMP leading at 46%, the PS following at 41%, and the FN at 7%.
7:00 PM CET (2 PM EST):
  • Abstention is estimated at 38.5%
  • Polls will remain open until 8 PM CET in many cities.
5:00 PM CET (12 noon EST):
  • Estimates for turnout rise to 54.7%, a little lower than 2008’s 56.25%
12:00 noon CET: 
  • Early numbers show a 23% turnout

Trackbacks

  1. […] First, the electoral system for the locals. It is slightly weird (no surprises here). La Jeune Politque has an explainer (not sure how complete it is), and also a map identifying some of the interesting contests. They were also live-blogging the first round of the French locals. […]

  2. […] See the results of last Sunday’s first round here. […]

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