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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. 

READ ALSO: MAP: How geography affects how French people vote

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 Macron faces possible legal woes over election consultants

French President Emmanuel Macron faces possible legal problems after prosecutors announced Thursday they were investigating the use of management consulting firms during national elections in 2017 and 2022.

France's Macron faces possible legal woes over election consultants

Although a statement from the National Financial Prosecutors’ Office did not name Macron’s campaign specifically, his election team is thought to be
the main target of two separate probes.

The use of consultants came under the spotlight in March following an investigation by the French Senate, which concluded that public spending on
them had more than doubled from 2018-2021 during Macron’s first term in office.

Total outlays reached more than a €1 billion  last year, a figure frequently cited by Macron’s opponents during his successful bid for a second term this April.

Investigative news website Mediapart has reported that consultants from the US-based McKinsey group worked for free on Macron’s campaign in 2017.

His office said, “it was up the justice system to complete these investigations in full independence”.

READ ALSO What is the ‘Affaire McKinsey’ and could it derail Macron’s re-election campaign?

The prosecutors’ office said that two probes had been underway since October into the use of consultants during the 2017 and 2022 elections.

They would look into charges relating to possible false election campaign accounting and underestimating campaign spending, as well as possible favouritism and conspiracy in favouritism.

France has strict rules on campaign financing that place limits on what a candidate is allowed to use.

For the 2022 presidential election, each candidate had a maximum of €16.8 million for the first round and €22.5 million for the second.

Several French politicians have been convicted over the years for overspending or attempting to disguise campaign spending, including late former president Jacques Chirac.

Fellow rightwing ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy received a one-year prison sentence in September last year for illegal financing of his 2012 re-election
bid. Judges concluded that Sarkozy had spent nearly twice the legal limit on his failed bid for a second term.

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