Valerie Hoffenberg, of the right-wing UMP party, won the first round of
legislative elections held on Sunday for the 8th region of the French
Parliament, which represents French expats in Israel, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus,
Greece, Malta, San Marino and the Vatican.
The second and final round of
the elections – in which Hoffenberg will face off against Meyer Habib of the
independent UDI party – will take place on June 9.
According to the
French Embassy in Tel Aviv, 20 candidates ran in the election. Hoffenberg
received 2,479 votes while Habib garnered 1,744.
In May and June last
year, an election was held for the representative of the 8th region, and
French-Israeli Daphna Benhamou- Poznanski, of the Socialist Party, won the race.
But her win was later contested and invalidated because her election campaign
did not respect the strict financial rules governing political parties in
France, which led to the new election this year.
The 8th region
constitutes 111,736 votes, with Israelis making up 66,225 of them – close to 60
percent. Only 7.8% of eligible voters turned out this year.