Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen they will dispute the presidency of France on April 24, according to the first polls. The current President of the Republic has been the most voted candidate in the elections in France, with 28.1% of the votes, while the far-right leader has achieved 23.3% of the votes.
The two candidates with options to reach the Elysee take almost five point difference, but the current French president has increased his advantage over the far-right, which had closed the gap in the final stretch of an atypical campaign marked by the war in Ukraine.
The third candidate with the most votes of the 12 who are running for these presidential elections in 2022 has been Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leftist from France Insumisa who, with 20.1% of the votes, stands as the leader of a sunken left in French politics.
The far right candidate Eric Zemmour, of Reconquista!, has been the fourth most voted and has obtained 7.2% of the votes; Valerie Pecresse, from Los Republicanos, 5% and Yannick Jadot, from Eurpoa Ecología Los Verdes, 4%. The Socialist Party is the protagonist of the great electoral blow, since its representative, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, would barely achieve 2% support and is already asking for the vote for Macron in the second round to stop the extreme right.
Common front against the extreme right
French politics is undergoing an unprecedented transformation: the two major parties that have governed France in recent decades, the Socialist Party and the Republicans, have been relegated to a catastrophic 2% and 5%respectively, in a country where the sum of the extremisms (the extreme right of Le Pen, Zemmour and the extreme left of Mélenchon) concentrates the majority of the vote.
However, most parties have created a common front to avoid Le Pen’s victory In two weeks. The center-right candidate Pécresse, “deeply concerned about the future” of a country where the extreme right has possibilities, has assured that she will vote for Macron to prevent “France from being erased from the map.”
Anne Hidalgo has also asked for the vote for the president, while Mélenchon called on his followers to veto Le Pen. “We know who we will never vote for: not a single vote for Le Pen”, he assured to the applause of his supporters. On his side has been the leader of Europe Ecology The Greens, Yannick Jadot, who also seeks to stop the extreme right with the support of his followers for Macron.
Le Pen: “I am going to be the president of all French people”
Faithful to a more discreet populist discourse in these elections, Marine Le Pen has asked for the vote from both the right and the left for the second round without the support of the parties and alliances.
“I am going to be the president of all French people”, she has said, every time she has promised to build “a great national and popular project”. “What is at stake on April 24 is a choice of society and civilization,” he pointed out.
Le Pen, who only has the support of Zemmour, He has appealed to all the French who have not supported Macron in this first round to join his party. “It is a fundamental choice between two visions of the future: the indivision, injustice and disorder proposed by Macron or the regrouping of the French around the protection guaranteed by a fraternal framework around the idea of ancient people and nation. Those who have not voted for Macron today obviously want and should be part of this group,” he said.
Lowest turnout in 20 years
The liberal and pro-European model of Macron’s Republic and the nationalist model of Marine Le Pen’s National Association are the two options that have permeated the French society least interested in politics in 20 years. A) Yes, According to the latest participation data, at 5:00 p.m., 65% of French people had voted, the lowest figure since 2002 and four points below the 2017 elections.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.