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

Despite Emmanuel Macron’s victory, fractures in France’s political landscape, based on geography, income, and age played out in the second round of the French election, which can be seen in maps and graphics of the latest French voting trends.

MAPS: How France voted in the second round of the Presidential elections
Election officials count votes at a polling station in Marignana, Corsica. (Photo by Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP)

Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French Presidential election with 58.55 percent of the vote, a smaller share than his 2017 victory where he secured 66.1 percent of the vote. Though Macron won, the election highlighted growing ideological differences in France. Recognising these fractures, Macron promised that he is “no longer the candidate of a camp, but the president of all.” 

To see the vote breakdown by département, VisActu created a map, based on a département level breakdown showing the areas that voted for Le Pen (in blue) and Macron (yellow). Inset is the first-round voting map, which adds areas won by the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in red.

The Interior Ministry has created an interactive version of the map where you can search for the vote in your local area – click HERE to access it. 

Over the last five years there has also been a geographical shift in voting,  with the below map from Franceinfo showing the decline in support for Macron in Brittany.

This election also showed another geographical trend: the east-west divide, which was also apparent in 2017. This is particularly visible in a map produced by Le Parisien:

The divide between the east and west is really a combination of different factors, including the ‘rust belt’ in the north-east of the country, which voted primarily Le Pen in both the first and second rounds of the election. Home to the country’s former industrial and coal-mining areas, it has in recent years seen high levels of unemployment. 

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But it’s not just geography that influences how people vote – age is another big factor.

French daily Le Parisien created this graphic to show generational divides. The youngest and the oldest voter groups (ages 18-24 and over-70s, respectively) strongly prefer Emmanuel Macron, whereas those aged 50-59 narrowly prefer Le Pen.

In the same graphic, Le Parisien also showed how income and education level was reflected in voting patterns, with Marine Le Pen attracting more working class voters than Emmanuel Macron.  

France also saw the highest level of abstention in 50 years, with over 28 percent of people abstaining from voting.

To hear more about the results of the election and the issues that mattered most to voters, listen to The Local’s Talking France podcast, which concluded its election coverage last night.

Member comments

  1. Thanks for the breakdown of how the French voted. After just arriving in Europe, and planning on spending several months in France, we will avoid Le Pen supported areas like the plague. We prefer to spend our money supporting people who aren’t insane. Unfortunately, that means no longer consuming my preferred Bordeaux wines.

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France's outgoing foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Australia's conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison losing polls on Saturday "suits me fine".

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Canberra in September angered Paris by ditching a multibillion-dollar submarine contract with France in favour of a new deal negotiated in secret with the US and Britain.

“The prime minister’s defeat suits me fine,” Le Drian said.

“The actions taken at the moment when they were taken were of such brutality and cynicism, and I would even be tempted to say of unequivocal incompetence,” he added.

“I hope we can resume frank and constructive dialogue with Australia in the future,” he said, in comments to reporters as he handed over to his successor Catherine Colonna.

Le Drian accused Australia of back-stabbing and the United States of betrayal at the time.

Paris recalled its envoys to both Australia and the United States over the furore. But President Emmanuel Macron later ordered the French ambassador to Washington to return to his post after a call with US President Joe Biden.

Last month it was reported that Australia will be forced to pay up to €3.7 billion to exit the submarine deal with France.