Macron’s Historic Re-election
Emmanuel Macron was re-elected president of France and called for the country’s unity in his victory speech. The head of state made no reference to the June legislative elections, despite the fact that the execution of his program is dependent on obtaining a majority in parliament.
Emmanuel Macron promised a “refounded method” for the management of the country. The president acknowledged having collected many protest votes against his opponent. After thanking him, he said he was aware of the obligations that this vow entails.
This is a historic re-election. The president won Le Pen for the second time in five years but projections point to a result with a smaller difference than that recorded in 2017 (Macron 66%, Le Pen 34%). In the history of the French 5th Republic, which began in 1959, he is the only president to be re-elected with a favorable majority in parliament.
Macron went through the social crisis of the yellow vests, the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine in his first term. But while his performance guaranteed him a base of support among pensioners, middle managers and voters with higher education, he failed to attract the younger, a category that ended up fueling largely abstention, political scientist Bruno Jeanbart told AFP.
The little more than 58% won by Emmanuel Macron show a divided France with the candidate of the Republic on the March emerging victorious on the Atlantic coast and in the big cities, while Marine Le Pen gets more votes on the Mediterranean coast and in the interior of the North and East. from the country.
Le Pen loses but claims victory
In the first public statement after the announcement of the projections, Marine Le Pen preferred to underline the shortening of the distance between the 2017 scrutiny and the current suffrage. For the far-right leader, it really is a “resounding victory”. The National Union immediately launched the electoral race for the legislative elections to be held on June 12 and 19. The far-right candidate underlined the fact that her ideas had won the support of almost 42% of voters.
Europe salutes Macron
European leaders from various quarters immediately saluted Emmanuel Macron for his victory at the polls. In addition to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, several heads of government and MEPs expressed their satisfaction at the re-election of the tenant of the Élysée Palace.
The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, also congratulated Emmanuel Macron on the triumph. It is recalled that Costa signed a column, along with the Spanish heads of government, Pedro Sánchez, and German, Olaf Scholz, in several European newspapers during the week, calling for the vote against the extreme right.
One of the variables that will be the subject of a fine analysis in the coming days is the abstention which is around 28%, higher than in 2017 when Macron and Le Pen faced each other for the first time, and than that recorded in the first round on 10 December. April (26.31%).
The highest abstention rate in French presidential elections was recorded in 1969 (31.3%).
This is the third time since 1969 that the abstention rate has increased between the first and second rounds of a presidential vote.
48.7 million voters were called to the polls.