Putin congratulates Macron on his electoral victory in FRANCE Putin congratulates Macron on the results of the French elections and wishes him “success.”
First and foremost, This is a good news. Emmanuel Macron was victorious.
Among all the grudging French and British media commentary pointing to the “divided” France that voted (or did not vote) yesterday, you could be forgiven for missing that little-noticed truth.
Macron won the election by a margin of 17 points, a larger margin than predicted by the final opinion polls conducted on Friday. This is the second time that France has successfully resisted the tsunami of toxic nationalism that swept through Britain and the United States last year.
Putin congratulates Macron on his electoral victory
It had been predicted that a populist wave would sweep through Europe, toppling the European Union and drowning the liberal consensus that had developed since World War II. It hasn’t happened yet. France has obstructed it twice, and President Emmanuel Macron has obstructed it twice.
France, as well as the President, deserve a tremendous deal of praise for this. Voters on Sunday rejected Marine Le Pen’s confusing and dishonest attempt to pass off inward-looking intolerance as patriotism, with nearly six in ten voting against her.
Let us not forget that some of Le Pen’s ideas (though not all) are currently in effect in the United Kingdom and were in effect in the United States until the beginning of last year, as well.
The bad news has now revealed. France is a country that is highly divided. It is debatable whether it is more divided than other countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. I seriously doubt it.
That over 42 percent of French voters who cast a legitimate ballot supported a far-right party with roots dating back to the collaborationist Vichy dictatorship of World War II remains a truth.
During the 2017 presidential election, that figure was 34 percent, a figure that was nearly identical to the aggregate total of the three far-right contenders in the first round of this year’s Presidential election, which took place two weeks ago.
Will the Far Right’s 42 percent share of the vote on Sunday carry over into the first round of the presidential election in 2027? Not all of it, but some of it, may be successful. The taboo against voting for members of the far right is similar to a Ming vase: once broken, it is permanently broken.
It is equally concerning to note that 28% of those who were registered to vote stayed at home (the highest for 53 years). Over 8% of those who voted cast blank or spoiled ballots, which is also troubling, is another source of concern. In total, 15,000,000 persons declined or deliberately refused to vote for either candidate, resulting in a total of 15,000,000 votes.
The vote’s demographics does, in general, paint a picture of Two Nations: a wealthy, well-educated, and successful “pro-Macron” France on the one hand and an impoverished, uneducated, and miserable “pro-Le Pen” France on the other hand.
More than 70% of voters who were comfortable or wealthy picked Macron as their presidential candidate. Approximately 65 percent of the poor and downtrodden voted for Le Pen. Macron received nearly three-quarters of the vote among those with a higher education. Le Pen received more than 60% of the vote among those who did not have a baccalaureat (high-school graduation certificate).
When it comes to the voting age of the electorate, the fine print of the vote is more complicated – but also more hopeful. If all of the very youngest voters, those between the ages of 18 and 24, voted for Macron, he received six votes out of 10.
The twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, and forty-somethings were more narrowly pro-Macron. The 50-somethings, perhaps frightened of a postponed retirement, voted narrowly in favor of Le Pen. Macron received more than 70% support from those over the age of seventy-five.
Geographically speaking, the election was complicated – more complicated than the traditional image of a “successful” metropolitan France contrasted with a failing rural and outer suburban France.
Macron’s support held up reasonably well in a number of small towns. France’s far-right strongholds in the north west (Hauts-de-France) and south east (Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur) were the only places where Le Pen was able to “win” in the country’s mainland.
Macron’s greatest achievement has now become his greatest challenge. The Left and the Greens accounted for roughly half of his total vote total of 18,779,641. More anti-Le Pen than pro-Macron votes were cast by this group.
French elections, it could be argued, have always been conducted in this manner. If the winning candidate wants to advance farther in the election, he or she must first win over some of the voters who rejected him or her in Round One.
However, something significant has occurred. It used to be that a politician from the moderate left or moderate right would garner support from inside his or her own political camp. All or the majority of voters on the right or left believed they had a vested interest in the election of a Chirac or a Mitterrand.
In the meantime, as I stated last week, France has been divided in three equal parts.
Some of the left-wing “third” of the voters will support Macron in order for him to defeat Le Pen in the presidential election. They don’t believe they have any vested interest in him. Many of them resent or despise him, and this is understandable. Putin congratulates Macron on his electoral victory
As a result, Macron will begin his second term as President of the Republic in a minority.