Regional elections: Can the Socialists limit the damage?
Round one of the French regional elections is slated for this coming Sunday. Thirteen regions will be in play. The ruling Socialists are expected to lose big, the opposition centre-right to do well and the far-right National Front is set for a historic breakthrough. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and with the 2017 presidential election looming large, this poll is seen as a pivotal moment.