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Encyclopedia > French regional elections, 2004

Regional elections were held in France on March 21 and March 28, 2004. At stake were the presidencies of each of France's 22 régions, which, though they don't have legislative autonomy, 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. March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... The emblem of the French Socialist Party The Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste or PS), founded in 1969, is the main opposition party in France. ... The French Communist Party (French: Parti communiste français or PCF) is a political party in France which advocates the principles of communism. ... The Left Radical Party (Parti Radical de Gauche or PRG) is a minor French centre-left, social-liberal party with moderate views, formed in 1972 by a split from the Radical Republicans and Radical Socialists Party, once the dominant party of the French left. ... Les verts (the Greens) is one Green Party of France. ...


The left won control of 20 of the 22 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 are seen as a major setback for President Jacques Chirac and (then) Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. The Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire), initially named the Union for the Presidential Majority (Union pour la Majorité Présidentielle), and more usually known from its French acronym as simply the UMP, is the main French conservative political party of the right-wing. ... The Union for French Democracy, also known by its French acronym UDF (Union pour la Démocratie Française), is a French centrist political party. ... This article is about the French political party, not the WWII French resistance movement Front National. ... Jacques René Chirac (born November 29, 1932), French politician, is President of the French Republic. ... Jean-Pierre Raffarin Jean-Pierre Raffarin   listen? (born August 3, 1948) is a French conservative politician. ...

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Results by region

The first round was held on March 21. Since no candidate gained a majority in any region, a second round was held on March 28, 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%). Votes for minor parties have been consolidated. Incumbents are shown with an asterisk. March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ...


Alsace

See Alsace Regional Council The Alsace Regional Council is the Conseil régional of Alsace (France). ...

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jacques Bigot PS-Verts 133,038 20.1 236,689 34.4
Patrick Binder FN 122,860 18.6 151,186 22.0
Adrien Zeller * UMP-UDF 225,193 34.1 299,351 43.6
Others - 180,016 27.2 - -
Total - 661,107 - 687,226 -

Conservative Alsace is one of only two regions retained by the right. Adrien Zeller (born April 2, 1940) is the president of the conseil régional of Alsace. ... Capital Strasbourg Land area¹ 8,280 km² Regional President Adrien Zeller (UMP) (since 1996) Population  - Jan. ...


Aquitaine

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
François Bayrou UDF 215,796 16.1 - -
Jacques Colombier FN 153,859 11.4 164,047 11.7
Xavier Darcos UMP 247,232 18.4 469,382 33.5
Alain Rousset * PS-Verts 516,392 38.4 769,583 54.8
Others - 210,635 15.7 - -
Total - 1,343,904 - 1,403,012 -

Aquitaine is a traditional stronghold of the left.-1... Alain Rousset is the socialist president of the Aquitaine region of France. ... Capital Bordeaux Land area¹ 41,309 km² Regional President Alain Rousset (PS) (since 1998) Population  - Jan. ...


Auvergne

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Pierre-Joël Bonté PS 167,451 28.2 332,958 52.6
Louis de Condé FN 56,889 9.6 - -
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing * UDF-UMP 215,903 36.4 299,438 47.3
Others - 153,155 25.8 - -
Total - 593,398 - 632,386 -

The former President of France, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, was seeking a fourth term as President of Auvergne. This article needs to be updated. ... This article needs to be updated. ... Capital Clermont-Ferrand Area 26,013 km² Regional President Pierre-Joël Bonté (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 19th) 1,327,000 1,308,878 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 158 Communes 1,310 Départements Allier Cantal Haute-Loire Puy-de-Dôme...


Basse-Normandie

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Philippe Duron PS-PCF 143,095 23.9 297,291 46.2
René Garrec * UDF-UMP 172,050 28.7 257,297 40.0
Fernand Le Rachinel FN 83,742 14.0 88,618 13.8
Others - 199,659 33.3 - -
Total - 598,546 - 643,206 -

The left have never before won control of Lower Normandy. Philippe Duron, president of the regional council of Basse-Normandie, was elected on March 28, 2004, the first member of Frances Socialist Party to be elected to this office. ... Fernand Le Rachinel (born 4 June 1942 in Gourfaleur, Manche) is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament for the north-west of France. ... Région Basse-Normandie Missing image Coat of Arms of Basse-Normandie Details Information Capital: Caen Population  - Total  - Density 1,422,193 (1999 census) 1,443,000 (1. ...


Bourgogne

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Pierre Jaboulet-Vercherre FN 105,270 15.8 108,124 15.4
François Patriat PS-PCF-Verts 240,451 36.0 369,322 52.5
Jean-Pierre Soisson * UMP-UDF 145,426 21.8 226,128 32.1
Others - 176,626 26.4 - -
Total - 667,773 - 703,574 -

Burgundy returns to its usual left-wing loyalty. It is suspected that incumbent Jean-Pierre Soisson was punished for his coalition with the Front National. Coat of arms of the 2nd duchy of Burgundy and later of the French province of Burgundy Burgundy (French: Bourgogne) is a historic region of France, inhabited in turn by Pre-Indo-European people, Celts (Gauls), Romans (Gallo-Romans), and various Germanic peoples, most importantly the Burgundians and the Franks. ... Front National can mean: Front National, a right-wing French political party. ...


Bretagne

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Josselin de Rohan * UMP-UDF 347,221 38.5 591,454 41.3
Jean-Yves Le Drian PS 521,988 38.5 839,157 58.7
Brigitte Neveux FN 114,883 8.5 - -
Others - 402,368 29.7 - -
Total - 1,356,460 - 1,430,611 -

Normally conservative Brittany is captured by the left. Traditional coat of arms This article is about the historical kingdom, duchy and French province, as well as one of the Celtic Nations . ...


Centre

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jacqueline Gourault UDF 135,779 13.7 - -
Michel Sapin PS 378,235 38.1 517,987 49.1
Jean Verdon FN 173,651 17.5 173,460 16.5
Serge Vinçon UMP 205,262 20.7 362,382 34.4
Others - 98,433 9.9 - -
Total - 991,360 - 1,053,829 -

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


Champagne-Ardenne

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jean-Paul Bachy PS 141,189 27.9 228,622 41.9
Charles de Courson UDF 56,105 11.1 - -
Jean-Claude Étienne * UMP 134,602 26.7 217,322 39.8
Bruno Subtil FN 99,576 19.7 99,766 18.3
Others - 129,519 25.6 - -
Total - 504,886 - 545,710 -

The left captures usually conservative Champagne-Ardenne. Capital Châlons-en-Champagne Land area¹ 25,606 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Bachy (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Corse

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Camille de Rocca-Serra UMP 20,155 14.6 35,627 25.0
Dominique Bucchini PCF 9,147 6.6 11,808 8.3
Paul Giacobbi Center-Left 14,477 10.5 21,562 15.2
Olivier Martinelli FN 6,181 4.5 - -
Simon Renucci Center 8,018 5.8 11,025 7.7
José Rossi * Center-Right 8,804 6.4 11,092 7.8
Émile Zuccarelli PRG-PS 17,906 13.0 26,434 18.6
Others - 53,501 38.7 - -
Total - 138,189 - 142,200 -

Conservative Corsica is the right's only success apart from Alsace. Capital Ajaccio Land area¹ 8,680 km² President of the Executive Council Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population   - Jan. ... Capital Strasbourg Land area¹ 8,280 km² Regional President Adrien Zeller (UMP) (since 1996) Population  - Jan. ...


Franche-Comté

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Raymond Forni PS 146,555 31.3 240,177 46.7
Jean-François Humbert * UMP 116,354 24.8 185,757 36.1
Sophie Montel FN 87,498 18.7 88,134 17.1
Others - 118,097 25.2 - -
Total - 468,504 - 514,068 -

The left retakes Franche-Comté. Capital Besançon Land area¹ 16,202 km² Regional President Raymond Forni (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Haute-Normandie

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Dominique Chaboche FN 115,183 15.9 113,013 14.6
Alain Le Vern * PS 281,314 38.9 408,163 52.7
Antoine Rufenacht UMP 153,089 21.1 253,480 32.7
Others - 174,265 24.1 - -
Total - 723,851 - 774,656 -

The left retains its traditional hold on Upper Normandy. Dominique Chaboche (12 May 1937, Paris) is a French far-right wing politician and member of the European Parliament affiliated to the Front National. ... Antoine Rufenacht (born on May 11, 1939 in Le Havre) is a French right-wing politician and mayor of Le Havre. ... Région Haute-Normandie Missing image Blason de la Haute-Normandie Détails Information Capital: Rouen Population  - Total  - Density 1 780 192 (1999) 145 /km² Area 12 317 km² Arrondissements 6 Cantons 112 Communes 1 420 President of the regional council Alain Le Vern Départements Categories: Regions of France...


Île-de-France

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jean-François Copé UMP 908,275 24.8 1,593,559 40.7
Jean-Paul Huchon * PS-Verts-PRG 1,170,444 31.9 1,922,546 49.1
Marine Le Pen FN 448,987 12.3 395,481 10.1
André Santini UDF 590,543 16.1 - -
Others - 545,116 14.9 - -
Total - 3,663,365 - 3,991,586 -

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. Marine le Pen (born August 5, 1968) is a French politician. ... Capital Paris Land area¹ 12,011 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Huchon (PS) (since 1998) Population  - Jan. ... The Eiffel Tower, the international symbol of the city For other uses, see Paris (disambiguation). ...


Languedoc-Roussillon

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jacques Blanc * UMP 258,287 24.3 373,844 33.1
George Frèche PS-Verts-PCF 373,214 36.3 577,798 51.2
Alain Jamet FN 183,031 17.2 177,568 15.7
Others - 251,458 23.6 - -
Total - 1,065,990 - 1,129,210 -

The left re-establishes its usual dominance of Languedoc-Roussillon. Jacques Blanc Spoiler warning: Jacques Blanc is one of two main protagonists (the other being Samanosuke Akechi) in Onimusha 3: Demon Siege. ... Capital Montpellier Land area¹ 27,376 km² Regional President Georges Frêche (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Limousin

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Raymond Archer UMP 79,531 23.3 132,044 38.0
Jean-Paul Denanot PS-PRG-PCF 140,217 41.1 215,612 62.0
Patricia Gibeau FN 31,736 9.3 - -
Others - 89,362 26.2 - -
Total - 340,846 - 347,656 -

The left retains control of Limousin, with Denanot succeeding the retiring incumbent Robert Savy. Capital Limoges Area 16,942 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Denanot Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density 710,939 42/km² Arrondissements 8 Cantons 106 Communes 747 Départements Corrèze Creuse Haute-Vienne Limousin is a former province of France and now a region of France, around the city...


Lorraine

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Thierry Gourlot FN 152,660 17.6 162,971 17.3
Nathalie Griesbeck UDF 75,609 8.7 - -
Gérard Longuet * UMP 192,157 22.1 322,446 34.2
Jean-Pierre Masseret PS-PCF-Verts 253,626 29.2 457,350 48.5
Others - 194,040 22.3 - -
Total - 868,092 - 942,767 -

The left recaptures Lorraine. Capital Metz Land area¹ 23,547 km² Regional President Jean-Pierre Masseret (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Midi-Pyrénées

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Louis Aliot FN 141,599 11.8 149,409 12.1
Jacques Godfrain UMP 228,449 19.0 376,872 30.4
Martin Malvy * PS-PC-PRG 497,713 41.4 712,176 57.5
Michel Valdiguie - 122,030 10.1 - -
Others - 212,695 17.7 - -
Total - 1,202,486 - 1,238,457 -

The left retain its traditional dominance of Midi-Pyrénées. Capital Toulouse Land area¹ 45,348 km² Regional President Martin Malvy (PS) (since 1998) Population  - Jan. ...


Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Alain Bocquet PCF 173,200 10.7 - -
Jean-Paul Delevoye UMP 280,102 17.3 484,711 28.5
Carl Lang FN 290,908 17.9 336,444 19.7
Daniel Percheron * PS-PRG 484,798 29.9 881,948 51.8
Others - 392,728 24.2 - -
Total - 1,621,736 - 1,703,103 -

Nord-Pas-de-Calais is also a stronghold of the left. Carl Lang (born 20 September 1957) is a French politician and Member of the European Parliament for the north-west of France. ... Capital Lille Area 12,414 km² Regional President Daniel Percheron ( PS) (since 2001) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 4th) 4,026,000 3,996,588 324/km² (2004) Arrondissements 13 Cantons 156 Communes 1,546 Départements Nord Pas-de-Calais The administrative region of Nord-Pas-de...


Pays de la Loire

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jean Arthuis UDF 169,251 12.1 - -
Jacques Auxiette PS-Verts-PCF-PRG 518,466 37.2 762,497 52.3
François Fillon UMP 450,552 32.3 693,913 47.6
Samuel Maréchal FN 135,391 9.7 - -
Others - 120,041 8.6 - -
Total - 1,393,701 - 1,456,410 -

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. Jean Arthuis Jean Arthuis is a French politician. ... Capital Nantes Land area¹ 32,082 km² Regional President Jacques Auxiette (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Picardie

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Claude Gewerc PS-Verts-PRG 210,328 27.4 379,075 45.4
Maxime Gremetz PCF 83,282 10.9 - -
Michel Guiniot FN 175,940 22.9 155,851 18.7
Gilles de Robien UDF-UMP 247,425 32.3 300,140 35.9
Others - 49,995 6.5 - -
Total - 766,970 - 835,066 -

The left captures the Picardie region following the retirement of incumbent Charles Baur. Gilles de Robien (April 10, 1941) is a notable French politician. ... Capital Amiens Land area¹ 19,399 km² Regional President Claude Gewerc (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


Poitou-Charentes

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Jean-Romée Charbonneau FN 79,484 10.5 70,896 8.7
Élisabeth Morin * UMP-UDF 249,373 32.9 294,955 36.2
Ségolène Royal PS 350,466 46.3 448,949 55.1
Others - 77,866 10.3 - -
Total - 757,189 - 814,800 -

Poitou-Charentes, a traditional stronghold of the right and home region of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, falls to the left. Ségolène Royal Marie Ségolène Royal (born September 22, 1953 in Dakar, Sénégal) is a French politician, top presidential candidate according to French opinion poll and a prominent member of the Socialist Party. ... Categories: Stub | Regions of France ... Jean-Pierre Raffarin Jean-Pierre Raffarin   listen? (born August 3, 1948) is a French conservative politician. ...


Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Guy Macary FN 415,181 22.9 409,786 21.0
Renaud Muselier UMP-UDF 472,035 26.1 659,592 33.8
Michel Vauzelle * PS-PCF-Verts-PRG 633,268 35.0 881,350 45.2
Others - 288,443 15.9 - -
Total - 1,808,927 - 1,950,728 -

The left retains control of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. 18 novembre 2003 Renaud Muselier, born May 6, 1959, is a French politician. ... Capital Marseilles Area 31,400 km² Regional President Michel Vauzelle (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 3rd) 4,666,000 4,506,151 149/km² (2004) Arrondissements 18 Cantons 237 Communes 963 Départements Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Alpes-Maritimes Bouches-du-Rhône Hautes-Alpes...


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. Portrait of Jean-Marie Le Pen in the mid-1990s (in a publicity image from the Front National party). ...


Rhône-Alpes

Candidate Party First round % Second round %
Anne-Marie Comparini * UDF-UMP 667,856 31.2 890,433 38.2
Bruno Gollnisch FN 389,565 18.2 355,861 15.3
Gérard Leras Verts 215,783 10.1 - -
Jean-Jack Queyranne PS-PCF-PRG 688,718 32.2 1,083,120 46.5
Others - 177,444 8.3 - -
Total - 2,139,366 - 2,329,414 -

The left captures the usually conservative Rhône-Alpes region. Bruno Gollnisch is a French academic and politician. ... Jean-Jack Queyranne (November 2, 1945) is a French politician. ... Capital Lyon Land area¹ 43,698 km² Regional President Jean-Jack Queyranne (PS) (since 2004) Population  - Jan. ...


See also

  • Conseil régional

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French regional elections, 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (496 words)
Regional elections were held in France on March 21 and March 28, 2004.
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).
Since no candidate gained a majority in any region, a second round was held on March 28, 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%).
France: Government parties routed in regional elections (1050 words)
The election result continues a trend that became evident during the recent Spanish parliamentary elections: working people used their vote to teach a lesson to their right-wing government, indicating a readiness to resist widespread cutbacks.
The election result represents a referendum against the policies of the government rather than any expression of revived trust in the parties of the official left, which suffered their own devastating defeat in presidential and parliamentary elections two years ago.
Regional elections in France: A defeat for the camp of the conservative government
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