Every presidential election has its lessons. The 2022 vintage is no exception. Cruel for the candidates of the traditional parties of the Vand Republic he repeats a duel that many voters had feared. Outgoing President Emmanuel Macron and National Assembly candidate Marine Le Pen are repeating the face-to-face meeting of five years ago amid a significant abstention in the first round.
Not surprisingly, the departments where we voted the least are the overseas departments (55.93%). In Corsica, the abstention rate is over 37% as part of the pro-independence movement has called for a boycott of the election. And, as is traditional, the participation in the departments of the south-west is strongest with a record 81.42% in the Haute-Garonne.
Emmanuel Macron, who heads 52 departments, undoubtedly dominates this first round of presidential elections. While Marine Le Pen ranks first in 42 departments. The third man in the ballot, La France insoumise (LFI) candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, won in 12 departments.
Small candidates fought for survival
The Pas-de-Calais deputy passes the 38% mark in three departments that have become election after election as grounds for election to the National Assembly: Mayotte (42.67%), Aisne (39.27%) and Pas-de -Calais (38.68%). He also gets his best score for Head of State in an overseas territory. With 40.51% of the votes cast, New Caledonia converted to Macronism after winning the “No” referendum on independence. In mainland France, Hauts-de-Seine (37.11%), Mayenne (36.4%), Vendée (35.64%) and Maine-et-Loire (35.6%), followed by ‘Ille-et -Villaine (34.5%), the candidate of La République en Marche (LRM) brought his best results. A sign that Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s special attention to the overseas territories has borne fruit, the latter is widely recognized and even reaches more than 50% of the votes in Guadeloupe (56.16%), in Martinique (53.10%) ) and Guyana (50.59%). In mainland France, only Seine-Saint-Denis appears in this list (49.09%).
On the other hand, the small candidates fought for survival in this first round. Starting with the two candidates from the so-called governing parties: Valérie Pécresse for Les Républicains and Anne Hidalgo for the Socialist Party. The first scores its only standout in Wallis and Futuna at 25.28%. The second best score is in Corrèze, but does not exceed the 10% mark (8.61%). The defeat is so colossal that it does not even reach 3% in five departments (Ariège, Guadeloupe, Réunion, Guyana, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon). The Landes department achieved the best result for the socialist candidate with 3.52% of the votes cast.
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