French 2022 presidential elections
By City Mayors Research*
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France’s large cities
defeated the far-right
April 2022: The 2022 presidential elections have shown just how divided a nation France is. There is a vast rural country, sparsely populated, where people live and toil in unremarkable villages and small towns and there is metropolitan France, successful and cosmopolitan, but also faced with inner-city strife. In the 2022 elections, small-town France supported Marine Le Pen the far-right challenger for the presidency while large cities voted overwhelmingly for the sitting president, Emmanuel Macron.
In fact, the sitting President won in all cities with more than 100,000 people, City Mayors Research has found. The largest city that voted for Le Pen was Béziers, population 75,000, in the south of France. Calais, population 73,000, which Le Pen represents in the French parliament also gave her its support as did Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica, population 59,000.
Emmanuel Macron won 85 per cent of the vote in Paris, 60 per cent in Marseille and 80 per cent in Lyon. More than 80 per cent of the electorate also supported the President in Bordeaux (80%), Rennes (84%) and in Boulogne (83%). Among big cities, Le Pen only came close to victory in Toulon, where she achieved 49.6 per cent of the vote.
In medium-sized towns, Marine Le Pen's results followed a simple rule. The smaller the size of the municipalities, the higher her vote. She thus won in 15 per cent of cities between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, in 17 per cent of those between 20,000 and 50,000 and in 26 per cent of those between 10,000 and 20,000. The presidential challenger achieved her greatest successes among towns of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Le Pen was also well ahead of Macron in communities with less than 1,000 inhabitants, winning 57 per cent of them.
Marine Le Pen also did surprisingly well in France’s overseas territories, where she managed to convince voters, who supported the left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round of voting, to switch their support to her rather than to President Macron. She won 70 per cent in Guadeloupe, 61 per cent in Martinique, 61 per cent in Guyana, 55 per cent in Saint-Barthélemy and 60 per cent in Reunion. However, the more than 100,000 French expatriates in Britain rejected the far-right Marine Le Pen. More than 90 per cent of those taking part in the elections chose Emmanuel Macron.
The second round of the 2022 French presidential elections was held on Sunday, 24 April. President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected with 18,768,639 votes (58.6%), while his challenger, Marine Le Pen, received 13,288,686 votes (41.4%).
The 2022 Presidential elections:
How large French cities voted
* The research was carried out between 25 and 27 April 2022. The raw data was supplied by the French Interior Ministry
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