Dr Françoise Boucek, Visiting Research Fellow and and Associate of the Centre for European Research at Queen Mary has written an opinion piece about the regional elections taking place in France. She wrote: "Historically, these regional contests were a fair predictor of voting for the presidential elections the following year. But this started to change in 2017 when Emmanuel Macron’s party La République en Marche (LRM) didn’t even exist in the preceding regional elections. Throw in citizens’ confusion about the multi-tiered system of local government and political disengagement during the pandemic, and the current regional elections will be even more closely scrutinised for any indication of the political winds."
This was covered in LSE Blog, PSA Blog