President-candidate Emmanuel Macron will face a run-off against Marine Le Pen on April 24, after winning 27.6% and 23.41% of the first-round vote respectively (with 97% of the ballots counted) in the presidential elections. of this year.
President Macron came out on top in 52 departments – the best performers in western France – far-right candidate Ms Le Pen won 42 and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon won 12 , particularly in the overseas territories and in Ile-de-France.
President Macron and Ms Le Pen were the two candidates expected to win the first round according to pre-vote polls – and a tight second round is now expected.
You can see how your region of France voted yesterday via this online government tool.
You must choose your department and the results will be displayed in a table. You can then click on the first letter of your municipality and you will be presented with a list of choices.
For example, in the department of Charente, you can see that 53,125 people voted for President Macron (La République en Marche), giving him 27.57% of the vote, while 50,430 people opted for Mrs. Le Pen (National Rally), which obtained 26.18% of the vote.
If you then choose the commune of Balzac, you find that 34.24% of local voters voted in favor of Mr. Macron, while 22.34% voted for Mrs. Le Pen, 17.12% for Mr. Mélenchon (La France Insoumise) etc.
How did people vote in general?
In yesterday’s vote, far-right candidates made gains over their 2017, 2012 and 2007 results: 4,453 municipalities gave more than 50% of their vote to a far-right candidate this time here, compared to only 1,135 in 2017.
At the national level, far-right candidates Ms. Le Pen, Éric Zemmour and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan obtained the best results in the north-east and south-east of France, while they obtained the worst results in Brittany, in Ile-de-France and in the center of the country.
The far right and center now appear to have ousted the right, whose vote share fell from 20% in 2017 to 4.79% yesterday.
In Ile-de-France, President Macron dominated, with 35.33% of the vote, followed by Mr. Mélenchon with 30.09% then Mr. Zemmour with 8.16%. In the capital, Ms. Le Pen obtained only 5.54% of the vote.
Mr. Mélenchon has proven popular in urban areas. He came first in Lille (with 40.53% of the vote), Toulouse (with 36.95%), Montpellier (with 40.73%), Nantes (with 33.11%), Rennes (with 36.31% ) and Marseilles (with 31.12%). In all of these cities, Mr. Macron received the second highest number of votes.
Mr Macron, meanwhile, received the most support in cities like Lyon (with 31.84% of the vote), Bordeaux (with 33.51%) and Nice (with 25.13%).
In Toulon, Ms. Le Pen came out on top, but only by a hair, with Mr. Macron’s 24.21% of votes closing in on his 25.28%.
In general, the departments fell to the same candidate as in 2017, but Marine Le Pen made gains on Mr Macron and Mr Mélenchon in departments such as Ain, Haute-Loire, Dordogne and Creuse , overtaking them to come out on top.
Mr Macron however took departments such as Doubs, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Loir-et-Cher, Loire and Drôme, which were won by Mrs Le Pen in 2017.
How did the other candidates fare at the national level?
The far-left candidate, Mr. Mélenchon, was not far behind Mrs. Le Pen late yesterday evening, with 21.95% of the vote.
After the first three candidates, there was a big gap in front of the fourth, Mr. Zemmour (Reconquête!), who obtained 7.05%, and the fifth, Valérie Pécresse (Les Républicains) who obtained 4.79% of the votes. votes.
The remaining results were as follows:
- Yannick Jadot (Europe Ecology the Greens) – 4.58%
- Jean Lassalle (Let’s resist!) – 3.16%
- Fabien Roussel (Communist Party) – 2.31%
- Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Stand up for France) – 2.07%
- Anne Hidalgo (Socialist Party) – 1.74%
- Philippe Poutou (New Anti-Capitalist Party) – 0.77%
- Nathalie Arthuad (Labour Struggle) – 0.57%
The abstention rate was 25.14%.
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