French cantonal elections, 2001

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Cantonal elections to elect half the membership of the general councils of France's 100 departments were held on 11 and 18 March 2001. While the left did poorly in the municipal elections held on the same dates, it emerged as the overall winner in the cantonal elections, gaining control of six departments and losing that of just one.

Electoral system[edit]

The cantonal elections use a two-round system similar to that employed in the country's legislative elections.

  • Councillors are elected from single-member constituencies (the cantons).
  • A candidate securing the votes of at least 25% of the canton's registered voters and more than 50% of the total number of votes actually cast in the first round of voting is thereby elected. If no candidate satisfies these conditions, then a second round of voting is held one week later.
  • Entitled to present themselves in the second round are the two candidates who received the highest number of votes in the first round, plus any other candidate or candidates who received the votes of at least 10% of those registered to vote in the canton.
  • In the second round, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is elected.

Change in control[edit]

From right to left[edit]

From left to right[edit]

National results[edit]

Party/Alliance Votes % (first round) Seats (first round) Votes % (second round) Total Seats
  PS 2,706,319 22.16% 164 2,306,925 30.60% 494
Miscellaneous Right 1,953,003 15.99% 163 1,328,604 17.62% 455
  RPR 1,520,072 12.45% 135 1,254,619 16.64% 338
PCF 1,196,341 9.80% 28 536,901 7.12% 126
UDF 1,122,055 9.19% 96 850,821 11.28% 231
FN 847,383 6.94% 0 46,149 0.61% 0
Miscellaneous Left 823,548 6.74% 61 525,089 6.96% 176
Les Verts 723,310 5.92% 0 146,057 1.94% 12
DL 363,922 2.98% 40 275,537 3.65% 90
MNR 361,565 2.96% 0 10,163 0.13% 0
  RPF 151,489 1.24% 4 93,798 1.24% 18
PRG 150,695 1.23% 14 100,143 1.33% 40
Far-Left 76,605 0.65% 1 5,302 0.07% 2
Ecologists 66,346 0.54% 2 5,713 0.08% 3
Regionalists 54,321 0.44% 0 8,688 0.12% 3
Miscellaneous 46,377 0.38% 0 19,655 0.26% 4
CPNT 44,680 0.37% 1 25,608 0.34% 5

Sources[edit]

E-P

Ministry of the Interior results