About 44 million French nationals will troop out today to cast their votes in the first round of regional elections, the first electoral challenge since the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people.
To this end, voters have been told to be watchful and report any one who is a security threat, much so as the French police have deployed officers around the country to counter any security issues should they arise.
Analysts are of the view that the poll is a test of public support for the government’s response to the attacks on November 13.
The far-right National Front (FN) is hoping to make gains and the centre-right Les Republicans party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to win a majority of regions.
The FN leader, Marine Le Pen, is likely to win in the northern region of Nord-Pas-De-Calais-Picardie, while her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen is a leading contender in the southern region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.
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