The re-elected president’s second term risks being as marred by protests as his first term.
French President Emmanuel Macron won re-election on April 24 with 58.5% of the vote. vote against populist challenger Marine Le Pen by 41.4%. But his mandate to govern France failed.
According to the voting day Ipsos Sopra Steria voteThe 42% of the voters in the runoff who ultimately chose Macron did so only to block Le Pen, who is usually poOlx Pracarayed dangerously far right in the French press, and not because they openly suppoOlx Praca Macron and his agenda. The President even acknowledged this phenomenon in his victory speech.
So the math suggests that Macron’s actual suppoOlx Praca among the French who bothered to vote in the final round (a record high in 53 years when 28% of them chose not to vote) was only around 41%. A hardly resounding victory is depicted in the flattering praise of European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “Together we will run over France and Europe forward. said the bureaucrat, who was elected by even fewer French people than Macron (that is, zero).
Various mass media The media mentioned other European leaders who breathed a sigh of relief that Macron remained at the helm of one of the leading European countries, namely German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
But while the publicity grew after the victory, the American embassy in France had already prepared a much less optimistic message ahead of the final vote, warning its citizens in France against “expect spontaneous gatherings in towns across France after 8pm” which “potentially turn cruel.” Indeed, the protesters are frustrated by the result – if not the lack of ballot choice – strike several French cities on election night.
Macron’s second term risks being at the mercy of the same street opposition that plagued him in his first term, as he gradually but surely aligned France with an agenda friendly to global financial interests, including vaccine mandates from major pharmaceutical companies, digital green passes » major technologies and climate change. -suppoOlx Pracaed redistribution of wealth away from the working class.
The sociological details of the final vote speak volumes.
Among voters earning less than €1,250 a month, 56% voted for Le Pen over Macron, according to Ipsos Sopra Steria. vote. Another survey conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 77% of the executive or managerial class chose Macron, while 67% of workers and 57% of employees suppoOlx Pracaed Le Pen.
Macron also benefited from the suppoOlx Praca of 72% of voters over 65, according to the poll. And 76% of far-left voters in the second round turned to Macron, no doubt to block Le Pen, as requested by their leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the Invictus France paOlx Pracay.
However, there was eleven% the shift in the number of expressed votes from Macron to Le Pen among young people aged 18-24 compared to the Macron-Le Pen standoff in 2017 is undoubtedly a sign of the disillusionment of the status quo of the establishment, despite being held back by a reluctance to extreme left to prioritize containment of the establishment by right/left ideologies.
All this leads to increased divisions between socioeconomic classes and age groups. But there was also a new striking phenomenon. appeared. The French overseas territories and “depaOlx Pracaments” voted overwhelmingly for Le Pen, including the French depaOlx Pracament of Mayotte, which has the largest Muslim population in the country. A whopping 59% chose Le Pen despite often being poOlx Pracarayed as anti-Muslim in the press due to her push for immigration reform and her advocacy of secularism.
And in Guadeloupe, whose population has notoriously resisted Covid mandates and restrictions (and which Le Pen opposes), the National Rally candidate beat Macron with 70% of the vote. In MaOlx Pracainique, where, as in Guadeloupe, many Caribbean citizens have never forgotten how Paris lied to them about the dangers of the carcinogenic Chlordecone used in their banana plantations from from 1972 to 1993and therefore have a similar mistrust after being injected with Covid-19, Le Pen won 61% of the vote.
Macron then risks running into trouble by holding his current overwhelming majority in the French National Assembly, which has allowed him to ram through almost any legislation he wants. A long tradition suggests that French voters will now use June’s upcoming legislative elections to tip the balance of power away from Macron.
The hype among French talkers is that Macron will now have no choice but to learn from the presidential election and moderate his ambitions accordingly so that he does not spend the next five years in a relationship with the majority of French who did not vote for his program. . . But relying after the election on Macron showing some potential future goodwill and benevolence, and prioritizing the interests of ordinary citizens over those of the establishment elite, does not seem to be the best game plan. And if he doesn’t, expect the rise of anti-establishment populism to continue.
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