French regional elections, 2004

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French regional elections, 2004
France
1998 ←
21 March and 28 March 2004 → 2010

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Leader François Hollande Jean-Pierre Raffarin Jean-Marie LePen
Party PS UMP FN
Popular vote 8,938,695 (1st round)
12,896,820 (2nd round)
8,179,866 (1st round)
9,519,416 (2nd round)
3,564,059 (1st round)
3,199,392 (2nd round)
Percentage 36.86% (1st round)
49.91% (2nd round)
33.73% (1st round)
36.84% (2nd round)
14.7% (1st round)
12.38% (2nd round)

Regional elections in were held in France on 21 and 28 March 2004. At stake were the presidencies of each of France's 26 regions which, although they do not have legislative powers, manage sizeable budgets. The results were a triumph for the parties of the left, led by the French Socialist Party (PS) in alliance with minor parties including the French Communist Party (PCF), the Left Radical Party (PRG) and The Greens (Les Verts). The left has usually fared moderately well in regional elections, but this was their best result since the regional system was introduced.

The left won control of twenty of the twenty-two regions of metropolitan France, defeating the parties of the mainstream right, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and the Union for French Democracy (UDF), and the extreme right National Front (FN). The results were seen as a major setback for the then President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

National Results[edit]

Grouping Parties Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two) Regions Seats
  Left PS-Verts-PCF-PRG-MRC-DVG 8,938,695 36.86% 12,896,820 49.91% 23 1,126
  Right UMP-UDF-MPF-DVD 8,179,866 33.73% 9,519,416 36.84% 2 522
  FN FN 3,564,059 14.70% 3,199,392 12.38% 156
  Far-left LCR/LO 1,199,190 4.95%
  The Greens Les Verts-UDB-PO 546,474 2.25%
  CPNT CPNT 397,024 1.64%
  Ecologists MEI-GE-CAP21 385,481 1.59%
  Far-Right MNR-Alsace d'abord 349,181 1.44%
Miscellaneous Left 252,620 1.04% 111,720 0.43% 36
Miscellaneous Right 179,015 0.74% 11,094 0.04% 4
  Miscellaneous 164,397 0.68%
  Regionalists MIM-Corsican regionalists 94,351 0.39% 99,512 0.39% 1 36
Total 24,250,353 100.00% 25,837,954 100.00% 26 1,880

Results by region[edit]

The first round was held on 21 March. Since no candidate gained a majority in any region, a second round was held on 28 March, in which only candidates who polled more than 10% in the first round were eligible to run (except in Corsica, where the threshold is 5%). The UMP seat numbers are compared to those of the RPR and RPR dissidents together in 1998, the UDF seat numbers are compared to those of the UDF and UDF dissidents together in 1998.

Alsace[edit]

The presidencies of France's 22 metropolitan regions and 4 overseas regions. Réunion is controlled by the PCR, Martinique by the MIM, Guadeloupe and Guyane by PS/PSG

See Alsace Regional Council

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Adrien Zeller (incumbent) UMP 225,193 34.06% 299,353 43.56%
  Jacques Bigot PS-Verts 133,038 20.12% 236,709 34.44%
  Patrick Binder FN 122,860 18.58% 151,187 22.00%
  Robert Spieler Alsace d'abord 62,253 9.42%
  Antoine Waechter MEI 48.949 7.40%
  Alfred Wahl PCF-PRG-MRC 24,692 3.73%
  Patrick Merck Divers 23,540 3.56%
  Françoise Ruch LCR/LO 20,004 3.03%
  Pascale Grauss Federalist Party 578 0.09%
Total 661,107 100,00% 687,249 100,00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Union for a Popular Movement 18 +11
Socialist Party 8
National Front 8 -5
Union for French Democracy 7 -2
The Greens 4 +3
Miscellaneous Right 2 -1
Alsace d'Abord 0 -3
Women of Alsace 0 -2
Independent Ecological Movement 0 -1

Conservative Alsace is one of only two regions retained by the right.

Aquitaine[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Alain Rousset (incumbent) PS-PRG-Verts 516,392 38.42% 769,893 54.87%
  Xavier Darcos UMP-CNIP 247,232 18.40% 469,386 33.46%
  Jacques Colombier FN 153,859 11.45% 163,731 11.67%
  François Bayrou UDF 215,796 16.06%
  Jean Saint-Josse CPNT 96,925 7.21%
  Annie Guilhamet PCF-MRC 58,485 4.35%
  Martine Mailfert LCR/LO 55,215 4.11%
Total 1,343,904 100.00% 1,403,010 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 43 +15
Union for a Popular Movement 12 -1
Union for French Democracy 9 -6
The Greens 9 +6
National Front 7 -2
Miscellaneous Left 4 +4
Left Radical Party 1 +1
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -8
French Communist Party 0 -8
Citizen and Republican Movement 0 -1

Aquitaine is a traditional stronghold of the left.

Auvergne[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Pierre-Joël Bonté PS 167,433 28.22% 333,301 52.67%
  Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (incumbent) UMP-UDF-FRS 215,921 36.39% 299,483 47.33%
  Louis de Condé FN 56,874 9.58%
  André Chassaigne PCF 54,609 9.20%
  Yves Gueydon Verts 33,272 5.61%
  Marie Savre LCR/LO 25,389 4.28%
Hugues Auvray Miscellaneous Right-wing 20,498 3.45%
  Hubert Constancias MEI-Mouvement Hommes-Animaux-Nature 20,498 3.45%
  Claude Jaffrès MNR 6,108 1.03%
Total 593,391 100.00% 632,784 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 18 +7
Union for a Popular Movement 12 +4
French Communist Party 7 +1
The Greens 5 +2
Union for French Democracy 3 -6
Miscellaneous Right 1 -2
Movement for France 1
National Front 0 -4
Miscellaneous Left 0 -1
Ecology Generation 0 -1

The former President of France, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, was seeking a fourth term as President of Auvergne.

Brittany[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Yves Le Drian PS-PCF-PRG 521,980 38.48% 841,004 58.79%
  Josselin de Rohan (incumbent) UMP 347,221 25.60% 589,625 41.21%
  Bruno Joncour UDF 150,050 11.06%
  Pascale Loget Les Verts-UDB-Frankiz Breizh 131,521 9.70%
  Brigitte Neveux FN 114,883 8.47%
  Françoise Dubu LCR/LO 64,805 4.78%
  Lionel David MNR 25,992 1.92%
Total 1,356,460 100.00% 1,430,611 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 36 +11
Union for a Popular Movement 14 -3
Union for French Democracy 9 -8
French Communist Party 7 +1
The Greens 7 +4
Breton Democratic Union 4 +4
Left Radical Party 2 +2
Miscellaneous Left 2 -1
Miscellaneous Left 1 +1
National Front 0 -7
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1
Ecology Generation 0 -1
Workers' Struggle 0 -1
Revolutionary Communist League (France) 0 -1
MRV-CAP 0 -1

Normally conservative Brittany is captured by the left.

Burgundy[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  François Patriat PS-PCF-PRG-Verts 240,445 36.01% 369,288 52.49%
  Jean-Pierre Soisson (incumbent) UMP-MDR 145,428 21.78% 226,148 32.14%
  Pierre Jaboulet-Vercherre FN 105,270 15.77% 108,133 15.37%
  François Sauvadet UDF 88,674 12.98%
  Julien Gonzalez MEI 34,810 5.21%
  Jacqueline Lambert LCR/LO 26,191 3.92%
  Joël Mekhantar MRC 17,213 2.58%
  Claude Moreau MNR 11,701 1.75%
Total 669,732 100.00% 703,569 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 23 +8
Union for a Popular Movement 14 +1
National Front 6 -3
French Communist Party 6 +2
The Greens 6 +4
Left Radical Party 2 +1
Union for French Democracy 0 -8
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -2
Movement for France 0 -1
Citizen and Republican Movement 0 -1
Miscellaneous Left 0 -1

Burgundy returned to its usual left-wing loyalty. It is suspected that the incumbent Jean-Pierre Soisson was punished for his coalition with the National Front.

Centre[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Michel Sapin (incumbent) PS-PCF-PRG-Verts-MRC 378,235 38.15% 517,990 49.15%
  Serge Vinçon UMP-MPF 205,262 20.71% 362,373 34.39%
  Jean Verdon FN 173,651 17.52% 173,463 16.46%
  Jacqueline Gourault UDF-CAP21 135,779 13.70%
  Jean-Jacques Prodhomme LCR/LO 55,640 5.61%
  François Caré CPNT 42,793 4.32%
Total 991,360 100.00% 1,053,826 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 25 +5
Union for a Popular Movement 13 -2
French Communist Party 13 +4
National Front 9 -4
The Greens 8 +5
Union for French Democracy 7 -7
Left Radical Party 2 +1
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1
Workers' Struggle 0 -1

The left retains control of this region. Sapin replaces the retiring incumbent Alain Rafesthain.

Champagne-Ardenne[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Paul Bachy PS-PCF-PRG-Verts-MRC 141,099 27.94% 228,569 41.88%
  Jean-Claude Etienne (incumbent) UMP-MPF 134,640 26.66% 217,424 39.84%
  Bruno Subtil FN 99,592 19.72% 99,728 18.27%
  Charles de Courson UDF 56,110 11.11%
  Marie-Angèle Klaine Verts 37,937 7.51%
  Thomas Rose LCR/LO 25,247 5.00%
  Jacques Gaillard MNR 10,360 2.05%
Total 504,985 100.00% 545,721 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 21 +8
Union for a Popular Movement 9 -1
French Communist Party 6 +3
National Front 6 -3
Union for French Democracy 6 -4
Left Radical Party 1 +1
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1
Workers' Struggle 0 -1
The Greens 0 -1
Ecologist 0 -1

The left captures usually conservative Champagne-Ardenne.

Corsica[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Camille de Rocca-Serra UMP 20,155 14.59% 35,628 25.05%
  Emile Zuccarelli PRG 17,906 12.96% 26,434 18.59%
  Edmond Simeoni Chjama Naziunale-PNC-Accolta naziunale corsa 16,772 12.14% 24,652 17.34%
  Paul Giacobbi PRG dissidents 14,477 10.48% 21,562 15.16%
  Dominique Bucchini PCF 9,147 6.62% 11,811 8.31%
  Jose Rossi (incumbent) UMP dissidents 8,804 6.37% 11,094 7.8%
  Simon Renucci Corse Social-Démocrate 8,018 5.8% 11,025 7.75%
  Olivier Martinelli FN 6,181 4.47%
  Toussaint Luciani Left-wing regionalists 6,055 4.38%
  Pierre-Philippe Ceccaldi Right-wing regionalists 5,637 4.08%
  Jérôme Polverini UMP dissidents 4,568 3.31%
Jean-Louis Albertini Miscellaneous Right-Wing 4,429 3.21%
Jean-Louis Luciani Miscellaneous Left-Wing 3,860 2.79%
  Paul-Félix Benedetti Regionalists 3,021 2.19%
  Jean-Luc Chiappini Regionalists 2,612 1.89%
  J.Marc Ciabrini PS 2,541 1.84%
  Marie-Louis Ottavi UDF 2,109 1.53%
  Vincent Carlotti PS dissidents 1,097 0.79%
  Serge Vandepoorte Far-Left regionalists 800 0.58%
Total 138,189 100.00% 142,206 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Left 24 +5
Union for a Popular Movement and Right 19 -5
Nationalists 8

Conservative Corsica is the right's only success apart from Alsace.

Franche-Comté[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Raymond Forni PS-Verts 146,553 31.28% 240,551 46.79%
  Jean-François Humbert (incumbent) UMP 116,354 24.84% 185,761 36.13%
  Sophie Montel FN 87,498 18.68% 87,766 17.07%
  Gérard Faivre UDF 36,029 7.69%
  Jacques Lancon MEI 26,447 5.65%
  Christian Driano LCR/LO 22,059 4.71%
  Evelyne Ternant PCF-PRG-MRC 19,577 4.18%
  Marie-France Ligney MNR 6,914 1.48%
  Hervée de Lafond Miscellaneous 5,884 1.25%
  Jean-Philippe Allenbach PF 1,154 0.25%
Total 468,469 100.00% 514,078 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 16 +8
Union for a Popular Movement 12 +4
The Greens 6 +3
National Front 5 -4
Miscellaneous Left 3 +2
Association for a Republican Left 1 +1
Union for French Democracy 0 -8
Citizen and Republican Movement 0 -3
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1
French Communist Party 0 -1
Coalition for a Progressive Alternative 0 -1

The left retakes Franche-Comté.

Île-de-France[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Paul Huchon (incumbent) PS-MRC-PRG-Verts 1,170,453 31.95% 1,923,139 49.16%
  Jean-François Copé UMP-MPF-CNIP-FRS 908,265 24.79% 1,592,988 40.72%
  Marine Le Pen FN 448,983 12.26% 395,516 10.11%
  André Santini UDF-CAP21 590,542 16.12%
  Marie-George Buffet PCF-Association for a Republican Left 263,915 7.20%
  Arlette Laguiller LO/LCR 146,153 3.99%
  Carine Pelegrin GE-PF-Others 91,875 2.51%
  Nicolas Bay MNR 43,171 1.18%
Total 3,663,357 100.00% 3,911,643 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 65 +22
Union for a Popular Movement 40 -2
The Greens 28 +14
Union for French Democracy 22 -8
French Communist Party 19 -4
National Front 15 -21
Citizen and Republican Movement 7 +3
Miscellaneous Left 6 +6
Left Radical Party 5 +3
Miscellaneous Right 1 -7
Citizenship, Action, Participation for the 21st Century 1 +1
Other Ecologist 1 +1
Workers' Struggle 0 -3
Movement for France 0 -3
Ecology Generation 0 -1

The left retains control of Île-de-France, the region surrounding Paris and gets a comfortable majority. Huchon previously could not rely on a majority.

Languedoc-Roussillon[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Georges Frêche PS-MRC-PRG-Verts 387,214 36.32% 578,785 51.22%
  Jacques Blanc (incumbent) UMP 258,287 24.23% 258,287 33.10%
  Alain Jamet FN 183,031 17.17% 177,074 15.67%
  Marc Dufour UDF 60,822 5.71%
  Alain Esclope CPNT 53,317 5.00%
  Georges Fandos CAP21 51,089 4.79%
  David Hermet LO/LCR 50,065 4.70%
  Christian Lacour Regionalists (Far-Left) 13,538 1.27%
  Elisabeth Pascal MNR 8,627 0.81%
Total 1,065,990 100.00% 1,129,911 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 23 +4
Union for a Popular Movement 12 +1
French Communist Party 9
National Front 8 -5
The Greens 7 +7
Miscellaneous Right 4 +3
Left Radical Party 3 +1
Citizen and Republican Movement 1
Union for French Democracy 0 -10
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1

The left re-establishes its usual dominance of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Limousin[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Paul Denanot PS-PCF-PRG 140,217 41.14% 215,624 62.02%
  Raymond Archer UMP 79,531 23.33% 132,049 37.98%
  Patricia Gibeau FN 31,736 9.31%
  Jean-Claude Deschamps UDF 28,169 8.26%
  Stéphane Lajaumont LO/LCR 22,529 6.61%
  Jean-Bernard Damiens Verts-Partit Occitan 20,531 6.02%
  Jean-Louis Hironde CPNT 18,133 5.32%
Total 340,846 100.00% 347,673 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 19 +4
Union for a Popular Movement 10
French Communist Party 6 +1
The Greens 4 +2
Union for French Democracy 2 -2
Coalition for a Progressive Alternative 2
National Front 0 -3
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1

The left retains control of Limousin, with Denanot succeeding the retiring incumbent Robert Savy.

Lorraine[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Pierre Masseret PS-PCF-Verts 253,626 29.22% 457,367 48.51%
  Gérard Longuet (incumbent) UMP 192,157 22.14% 322,558 34.21%
  Thierry Gourlot FN 152,660 17.59% 162,820 17.27%
  Nathalie Griesbeck UDF 75,609 8.71%
  Jean-Louis Masson UMP diss-MPF 58,080 6.69%
  Christiane Nimsgern LO/LCR 40,688 4.69%
  Daniel Delrez PRG-MRC 40,684 4.69%
  Eric Lemaitre MEI 37,244 4.29%
  Annick Martin MNR 17,344 1.98%
Total 868,092 100.00% 942,745 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 30 +11
Union for a Popular Movement 14 -5
National Front 9 -4
French Communist Party 6 +2
The Greens 6 +5
Left Radical Party 3 +2
Union for French Democracy 3 -9
Miscellaneous Right 1
Rally for France 1
Workers' Struggle 0 -2
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1

The left captures Lorraine.

Midi-Pyrénées[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Martin Malvy (incumbent) PS-PCF-PRG 497,714 41.39% 712,233 57.50%
  Jacques Godfrain UMP-CNIP-FRS 228,449 19.00% 376,915 30.43%
  Louis Aliot FN 141,598 11.78% 149,417 12.06%
  Michel Valdiguié UDF-CAP21-MPF 122,033 10.15%
  Jean-Pierre Bataille Verts-Partit Occitan-Alternatifs 96,983 8.07%
  Lucien Sanchez LO/LCR 58,662 4.88%
  Christiane Autigeon CPNT 57,053 4.74%
Total 1,202,492 100.00% 1,238,565 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 43 +22
Union for a Popular Movement 14 -1
Left Radical Party 10 +1
French Communist Party 9
National Front 8
Union for French Democracy 5 -12
Miscellaneous Right 2 -4
The Greens 0 -2
Revolutionary Communist League (France) 0 -2
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -2

The left retains its traditional dominance of Midi-Pyrénées.

Nord-Pas-de-Calais[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Daniel Percheron (incumbent) PS-PRG 484,798 29.89% 883,885 51.84%
  Jean-Paul Delevoye UMP-CNIP-FRS 280,102 17.27% 484,817 28.43%
  Carl Lang FN 290,908 17.94% 336,434 19.73%
  Alain Bocquet PCF 173,200 10.68%
  Valérie Létard UDF 129,827 8.01%
  Jean-François Caron Verts 101,808 6.28%
  Nicole Baudrin LO/LCR 82,868 5.11%
  Henri Bailleul MEI 33,230 2.05%
  Georges Hien buralistes (shopkeepers) 25,433 1.57%
  Yann Phelippeau MNR 19,551 1.21%
  Jean-Marc Maurice Right to Hunt 11 0.00%
Total 1,621,736 100.00% 1,705,136 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 41 +15
French Communist Party 18 +6
National Front 16 -2
Union for a Popular Movement 16 +3
The Greens 9 +1
Left Radical Party 2 +1
Union for French Democracy 5 -9
Miscellaneous Right 3 -5
Citizen and Republican Movement 3 +1
Workers' Struggle 0 -7
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -2
Independent Ecological Movement 0 -1

Nord-Pas-de-Calais is also a stronghold of the left.

Lower Normandy[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Philippe Duron PS-PCF-MRC 143,095 23.91% 297,279 46.22%
  René Garrec (incumbent) UMP-MPF-FRS 172,050 28.74% 257,352 40.01%
  Fernand Le Rachinel FN 83,742 13.99% 88,618 13.78%
  Philippe Augier UDF 55,436 9.26%
  Alain Tourret PRG-Verts 50,105 8.37%
  Didier Vergy CPNT 31,376 5.24%
  Christine Coulon LCR/LO 28,888 4.83%
Jérémy Folly Miscellaneous Left-wing 17,586 2.94%
  Etienne Adam ANPAG-Alternatives (far-left) 16,268 2.72%
Total 598,546 100.00% 643,249 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 14 +3
Union for a Popular Movement 11 +1
National Front 5 -1
French Communist Party 4 +1
The Greens 3 +2
Left Radical Party 3 +1
Citizen and Republican Movement 3 +3
Miscellaneous Right 2
Miscellaneous Left 1
Union for French Democracy dissident 1
Union for French Democracy 0 -8
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -2
Movement for France 0 -1

The left had never before won control of Lower Normandy.

Upper Normandy[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Alain Le Vern (incumbent) PS-PCF-PRG-Verts 281,314 38.86% 408,163 52.69%
  Antoine Rufenacht UMP-MPF 153,089 21.15% 253,480 32.72%
  Dominique Chaboche FN 115,183 15.91% 113,013 14.59%
  Hervé Morin UDF-CAP21 90,505 12.50%
  Christine Poupin LCR/LO 40,434 5.59%
  Bernard Frau MEI-GE 30,202 4.17%
  Philippe Foucher-Saillenfest MNR 13,124 1.81%
Total 723,851 100.00% 774,656 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 20 +7
The Greens 7 +4
French Communist Party 7 +2
Union for a Popular Movement 6 -1
Union for French Democracy 6 -1
National Front 6 -4
Left Radical Party 2
Miscellaneous Right 1 -3
Workers' Struggle 0 -2
Movement for France 0 -1
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1

The left retained its traditional hold on Upper Normandy.

Pays de la Loire[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jacques Auxiette PS-PRG-PCF-Verts 518,475 37.20% 762,618 52.36%
  François Fillon UMP-CNIP-FRS-MPF 450,560 32.33% 693,993 47.64%
  Jean Arthuis UDF-CAP21 169,252 12.14%
  Samuel Maréchal FN 135,390 9.71%
  Yves Chèere LO/LCR 84,567 6.07%
  Paul Petitdidier MNR 35,475 2.55%
Total 1,393,719 100.00% 1,456,611 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 36 +17
Union for a Popular Movement 22 +6
The Greens 13 +7
French Communist Party 8 +3
Union for French Democracy 6 -15
Movement for France 4 -1
Left Radical Party 2 +1
Miscellaneous Right 1 -7
Association for a Republican Left 1
National Front 0 -7
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -3
Workers' Struggle 0 -1

The right loses the normally conservative Pays de la Loire region. Fillon was the candidate of the right in succession to the retiring Jean-Luc Harousseau.

Picardy[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Claude Gewerc PS-PRG-Verts 210,338 27.24% 379,663 45.47%
  Gilles de Robien UDF-UMP-CNIP-FRS-MPF-CAP21 247,425 32.26% 299,518 35.87%
  Michel Guiniot FN 175,940 22.94% 155,858 18.66%
  Maxime Gremetz PCF 83,282 10.86%
  Roland Szpirko LO/LCR 49,995 6.52%
Total 766,980 100.00% 835,039 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 20 +7
French Communist Party 9 +2
National Front 8 -3
Union for a Popular Movement 6 -5
Union for French Democracy 6 -2
The Greens 4 +3
Left Radical Party 1 +1
Miscellaneous Right 3 +3
Citizen and Republican Movement 1

The left captured the Picardy region, following the retirement of the incumbent, Charles Baur.

Poitou-Charentes[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Ségolène Royal PS-PRG-PCF-Verts 350,466 46.29% 448,950 55.10%
  Élisabeth Morin UMP-UDF-MPF 249,373 32.93% 294,959 36.20%
  Jean-Romée Charbonneau FN 79,484 10.50% 70,898 8.70%
  Gérard Fontenay CPNT 43,645 5.76%
  Claude Quemar LO/LCR 34,221 4.52%
Total 757,189 100.00% 814,807 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 20 +6
Union for a Popular Movement 8 -2
French Communist Party 7 +3
The Greens 6 +3
Miscellaneous Right 6 +3
National Front 3 -2
Left Radical Party 2 +1
Miscellaneous Left 2
Union for French Democracy 1 -9
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -2
Movement for France 0 -1

Poitou-Charentes, a region where right and left are traditionally equal, falls to the left. It is the home region of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Michel Vauzelle PS-PRG-PCF-Verts 633,339 35.01% 881,350 45.18%
  Renaud Muselier UMP-UDF-CAP21 472,036 26.09% 659,592 33.81%
  Guy Macary FN 415,171 22.95% 409,786 21.01%
  Aline Vidal-Daumas CPNT 53,782 2.97%
  Alain Vauzelle MNR 53,251 2.94%
  Patrice Miran MEI-MHAN-TREFLE 51,543 2.85%
  Samuel Joshua LO/LCR 48,680 2.69%
Philippe Sanmarco Miscellaneous Left-Wing (CC) 28,317 1.57%
  Alain Persia Union of the Republican Right 19,550 1.08%
  Jean-Marie Mure-Ravaud Pole of Liberties 19,078 1.05%
  Abel Djerari Miscellaneous 7,021 0.39%
  Jérôme de Rocquigny Miscellaneous 7,014 0.39%
  Franck Vidal Right to Hunt 157 0.01%
Total 1,808,939 100.00% 1,950,728 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 34 +5
Union for a Popular Movement 26 +10
French Communist Party 19 +6
National Front 19 -18
The Greens 13 +11
Union for French Democracy 5 -14
Left Radical Party 4 +2
Miscellaneous Left 2
Citizen and Republican Movement 1
Miscellaneous Right 0 -2

The left retains control of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who intended to run in this region, was disqualified because he did not fulfill the legal conditions: he neither lived there, nor was registered as a taxpayer there.

Rhône-Alpes[edit]

Candidate Party Votes (Round One) % (Round One) Votes (Round Two) % (Round Two)
  Jean-Jack Queyranne PS-PRG-PCF 688,718 32.19% 1,083,755 46.52%
  Anne-Marie Comparini UDF-UMP-CAP21-FRS 667,856 31.22% 889,815 38.20%
  Bruno Gollnisch FN 389,565 18.21% 355,864 15.28%
  Gérard Leras Verts 215,783 10.09%
  Patrick Bertrand GRAD-Union of Radical Republicans (U2R) 46,611 2.18%
  Norbert Chetail MNR 35,310 1.65%
  Roseline Vachetta LO/LCR 95,524 4.47%
Total 2,139,367 100.00% 2,329,434 100.00%

Regional Council[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Socialist Party 45 +14
Union for a Popular Movement 27 -2
The Greens 22 +13
National Front 18 -17
Union for French Democracy 18 -11
French Communist Party 16 +4
Left Radical Party 6 +4
Miscellaneous Left 5 -1
Citizen and Republican Movement 0 -1
Movement for France 0 -1
Miscellaneous Right 0 -1
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions 0 -1
Ligue savoisienne 0 -1

The left captures the usually conservative Rhône-Alpes region.

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