Tuesday, May 9, 2017

France's choices

Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election. In the end, it was a landslide victory for Macron who took 66 percent of the vote compared to Le Pen's 34 percent. Geographically, the former economy minister swept the board, with Le Pen managing to win two of France's 107 departments, Calais and Aisne.

Macron was particularly successful in Paris where he managed to attract 89.7 percent of the vote. He also proved popular in several departments along the Mediterranean and in the north-east where support for Marine Le Pen was strong in the first round of the election. Macron was elected on a pro-EU plaftorm in stark contrast to Le Pen who vowed to hold a referendum on France's EU membership and pull the country out of the single currency.Infographic: Emmanuel Macron Wins In A Landslide  | Statista
As predicted, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have both progressed to the second round of the French presidential election. Macron won 23.8 percent of the vote while Le Pen had 21.5 percent. The following map shows how both candidates performed on a regional basis and it shows that France is experiencing a political fracturing between the big cities and the countryside.
Voters in Paris rejected Le Pen with the FN leader picking up just 4.99 percent of the capital's votes compared to Macron's 34.83 percent. However, she did prove extremely popular with rural voters and in the five regions surrounding Paris in particular. Le Pen also came first in Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Normandie, Centre-Val de Loire and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Despite her popularity outside the country's big cities, Le Pen is still expected to lose to Macron in the second round of the election on May 07.
Infographic: French Election: First Round Results By Department | Statista плотненько в первом туре, оч плотненька

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