MAPS: How France voted in the first round of the Presidential elections

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The Local - [email protected] • 11 Apr, 2022 Updated Mon 11 Apr 2022 10:39 CEST
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The rise of the far right and the high abstention rate - worrying trends for French politics ahead of the second round of the 2022 Presidential election - can be seen in these maps of the latest French voting trends.


Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen in the second round of the race for the French Presidency, in a rerun of the 2017 election campaign.

Incumbent Macron won 27.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first round, according to the Interior Ministry, with Le Pen second after picking up 23.41 percent of the total number of votes cast.

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To see how the voting went in each département, click on the Interior Ministry's interactive map below.

Image: Ministère de l'Intérieur


Voting in the first round went broadly as predicted, and in line with 2017 trends, with a noticeable east-west divide, as maps published by news organisations show.


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Interestingly, the strongest overall support for third-placed candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems to come from overseas territories, as this map from Le Figaro, based on official results, shows.

Libération’s simpler ‘map’ shows the electoral divide in France in stronger terms.

And Franceinfo breaks up the votes into three slides, showing where each of the top three candidates did best on Sunday.


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Another map showed how the policies of the extreme right have gained traction over the past five years.


The collapse of the vote for the traditional centre-right party Les Republicains, whose candidate Valérie Pécresse picked up just 4.8 percent of the vote, is plain in this interactive map from Franceinfo, comparing her performance in 2022 to that of François Fillon five years ago after his campaign was wrecked by an embezzlement investigation.

Meanwhile, the centre-left Parti Socialiste also had a terrible night, with candidate Anne Hidalgo picking up less than 2 percent of the vote as the French pitched for the extreme centre, right and left.

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Worryingly for all the candidates, the abstention rate showed that one in four eligible voters did not exercise their right to vote. This figure was higher than the first round of voting in 2017.

Le Parisien has put together this map indicating where voters felt so disenfranchised that they did not turn out to cast their ballot.


Finally, with the first round of voting over, The Local's Talking France podcast looks at all the scores, discusses what happens next and who is likely to win in the Macron v Le Pen face off on April 24th.

PODCAST: Macron v Le Pen – who will win the French presidential election?




The Local 2022/04/11 10:39

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