Tamil Diplomat

France votes in first election since Paris attacks

France is set to vote in the first round of regional elections, the first electoral challenge since the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people. The elections are viewed as a test of public support for the government’s response to the attacks on 13 November.

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 second round is on 13 December. Polls open at 08:00 (07:00 GMT) and close at 20:00 (19:00 GMT), with some 44 million people eligible to vote.