Emmanuel Macron was installed at the head of the French Republic for the next five years. This is the result of the second round of the presidential elections that took place yesterday in France, in which the outgoing president clearly won over Marine Le Pen in the polls. According to final figures released by the French Interior Ministry, Macron received 18.7 million votes, 58.55% of those. Instead, the vote collected by contender Marine Le Pen was 13.3 million, equivalent to 41.45% of the vote. 28.01% of the French abstained from voting. At 8 p.m. on Sunday, in Champ-de-Mars, under the Eiffel Tower, fans were already able to celebrate the outgoing president’s victory, singing Marseillaise, in glee.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory letter to Macron: Interfax wrote, citing the Kremlin. Putin wished Macron “success” in his second term. Congratulations also came from US President Joe Biden, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, among others: “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron, a true friend of Ukraine, on his re-election! “I wish him more successes for the good of the French people,” the Ukrainian president wrote on Twitter. “I appreciate your support and am convinced that together we are advancing towards new common victories. Towards a strong and united Europe! The leader added.
President Xi Jinping also congratulated Macron, stressing that “the global strategic partnership between China and France has in recent years maintained a high level of development that will give new impetus and new contributions to world peace, stability and prosperity.” In a note reported by state TV channel CCTV, Xi said that “the international situation is currently undergoing profound and complex changes, and the strategic importance of the healthy and stable development of China-France relations is becoming increasingly important.” Finally, Xi expressed his hope to continue working with Macron to take the two countries’ relations “to a new level for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries and the world at large.”
Consensus to decline
Macron has been favored for a second term, but the far right has never been close to any potential Elysee election before. This was the second time that the two politicians faced each other. In 2017, the President received 66.1% of the vote, and Le Pen 33.9%. The decline in consensus is evident: five years ago Macron received 20,743,128 votes, compared to the current 18,779,809 (about two million fewer votes), while Marine Le Pen went from 10,638,475 to 13,297,728 votes (more than 2, 6 million).
data from cities
Not surprisingly, the president is so powerful in the country’s major cities. In Paris, Macron received 85.10% against Le Pen’s 14.90%. In Marseille the president got 59.84% and in Lyon 79.80%. in Toulouse 77.48%; in Nice 55.39%; In Nantes 81.15%.
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