Voting data showing how low Macron support is
Yesterday (Sunday), French President Emmanuel Macron defeated his far-right rival Marin Le Pen, and won another five years as President of France. “I know that many of the French people voted for me today, not because they support my values ​​- but to stop the ideas of the far right,” he said in his victory speech at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Macron’s election yesterday, which won 57 percent of the vote, does not indicate a genuine expression of confidence in the people, but rather a reluctance of voters to see Le Pen in power.The fact that yesterday’s election was a compromise vote for many of the French is also reinforced by the fact that yesterday saw the lowest turnout in the French election in more than the last 50 years. According to estimates, the absenteeism rate yesterday was 28% – the lowest figure since the presidential election in 1969. Another reason for concern for Macron is the fact that this time he defeated Le Pen by only 14%, while 5 years ago he did so by more than 2 times. – then won 66% of the vote.

Beyond the right-wing electorate that voted in La Pen yesterday and gave it 43% support, another audience that has significantly influenced the election results are the left-wing voters in France. In the first round, left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon won 22% support, with only 420,000 votes separating him from Le Pen in second place. Yesterday, 45% of his supporters in the first round announced that they had decided not to vote for anyone in the second round of elections, and this figure clarifies how much large sections of the French public are dissatisfied with the president-elect.

Macron recorded a great victory in the capital Paris, and maintained his power well in most of the great cities of France. Le Pen for its part recorded beautiful voting figures in the north-eastern regions of France and large parts of the south. For example, while in the cities themselves there was significant support for the president, in the vicinity of Marseille, Lille and Strasbourg there was great support for the leader of the far right.

“I am no longer a candidate for one political camp. I am now the president of us all,” said Macron, who despite the victory and the promise of the additional priesthood, will now have to work very hard to form a government that will win public trust. Beyond the formation of the government, in less than two months the citizens of France will return to the polls – and this time to elect the members of parliament, which may make it even more difficult to form a new government. At the same time, despite Macron’s general victory, in the cities of Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lyon, there was a real jump in support for La Pen in relation to the 2017 elections.

Haytham Ayashi, a 63-year-old Tunisian immigrant, arrived with two of his children to celebrate Macron’s victory: “I voted for Makron for the future of my children.” He said he was not happy with Macron’s first term, but said “he will always be better than Marin Le Pen”. He added: “We are immigrants, we were under great pressure from her possibility lest she win.”

Rami Ulrich, a 29-year-old supporter of Le Pen, expressed disappointment with the results but referred to the future of the right in France: “The election results symbolize the breaking of the glass ceiling.” Another Le Pen supporter, 60-year-old Giseleine Bernard, said she was completely disappointed with the results. “In recent weeks Le Pen has been severely slandered by the major parties and mainstream media in France,” she said.

“Nothing is going to change,” said Asina Chana, an Algerian immigrant who supports Makron, 58. “But we clearly have no choice. At least he does not treat us the way she does,” she added. “We do not identify with any of the candidates,” said Pascal Orlana, an artist from Paris. “Like last time – we did not vote for Macron, but we voted against La Pen.” Tehoi Vu Hoin, a 41-year-old high-tech woman who voted for Macron, also said she did so mainly because she feared a low turnout would hurt his chances of winning.

Marin Le Pen in the post-election French election loss (Photo: Thierry Chesnot / Getty Images)
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The French election
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Throughout the election campaign, Macron’s opponents on the right and left attacked his economic policies, calling him more than once “president for the rich only.” Marin Le Pen has managed to blur well its extreme right-wing agenda by emphasizing the issue of the cost of living in France. Jean-Luc Melenchon said yesterday after the results were announced: “I am worried about the French not closing the month, worried about the workers not respecting their rights, and worried about the pensioners. We will continue to fight Macron in the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

Despite yesterday’s victory, there is not much room for joy and relief for Macron, who can certainly see it as a vote of no confidence in his policies. In France it is estimated that Macron’s next 5 years will not be easy at all, and even express concerns about the return of images of the violent waves of protests seen in France at the beginning of his first term. At the same time, the sharp jump in support for La Pen in relation to the election 5 years ago, along with the fact that the coming years may even increase public disgust at Macron’s political center policy, worries many that the next election will further strengthen the far right.

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