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French 2022 presidential elections
By City Mayors Research*

2022 French presidential elections - How cities votedON THIS PAGE: Large cities defeat the far right ||| Macron wins in large cities ||| Le Pen wins in rural France and in overseas territories ||| How large French cities voted

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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

National rank
City
(Population)
Percentage of vote for
Emmanuel Macron
Percentage of vote for
Marine Le Pen
1
Paris
2,230,000
85.10%
14.90%
2
Marseille
855,000
59.80%
40.20%
3
Lyon
501,000
79.80%
20.20%
4
Toulouse
458,000
77.50%
22.50%
5
Nice
342,000
55.39%
44.61%
6
Nantes
292,000
59.90%
40.10%
7
Montpellier
272,000
72.17%
27.83%
8
Strasbourg
276,000
77.65%
22.35%
9
Bordeaux
243,000
80.06%
19.94%
10
Lille
231,000
76.56%
23.44%
11
Rennes
211,000
84.15%
15.85%
12
Reims
182,000
61.83%
38.17%
13
Saint-Étienne
172,000
68.1%
31.9%
14
Le Havre
172,000
63.45%
36.55%
15
Toulon
163,000
50.43%
49.57%
16
Grenoble
160,000
78.74%
21.26%
17
Dijon
153,000
69.88%
30.12%
18
Angers
150,000
76.50%
23.50%
19
Nîmes
150,000
60.05%
39.95%
20
Villeurbanne
147,000
75.98%
24.02%
21
Le Mans
144,000
69.19%
30.81%
22
Clermont-Ferrand
141,000
71.68%
28.32%
23
Aix-en-Provence
141,000
67.40%
32.60%
24
Brest
139,000
69.83%
30.17%
25
Tours
135 000
72.85%
27.15%
26
Amiens
132,000
67.86%
32.14%
27
Limoges
135,000
67.69%
32.31%
28
Annecy
126,000
70.34%
29.66%
29
Perpignan
120,000
52.02%
47.98%
30
Metz
118,000
67.19%
32.81%
31
Besançon
116,000
72.00%
28.00%
32
Boulogne-Billancourt
116,000
83.28%
16.72%
33
Orléans
114,000
73.20%
26.80%
34
Rouen
110,000
76.24%
23.76%
35
Montreuil
104,000
63.35%
36.65%
36
Argenteuil
106,000
73.38%
26.62%
37
Mulhouse
112,000
65.80%
34.20%
38
Caen
107,000
76.74%
23.26%
39
Nancy
104,000
76.18%
23.82%
40
Roubaix
95,000
70.35%
29.65%
41
Tourcoing
93,000
58.80%
41.20%
42
Nanterre
92,000
78.32%
21.68%
43
Vitry-sur-Seine
90,000
74.07%
25.93%
44
Créteil
90,000
75.54%
24.46%
45
Avignon
90,000
62.31%
37.69%
46
Dunkerque
89,000
51.35%
48.65%
47
Poitiers
87,000
75.16%
24.84%
48
Asnières-sur-Seine
86,000
82.48%
17.52%
49
Aulnay-sous-Bois
83,000
71.36%
28.64%
50
Colombes
84,000
80.25%
19.75%
51
Versailles
85,000
69.32%
30.68%
52
Courbevoie
85,000
79.84%
20.16%
53
Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
79,000
62.99%
37.01%
54
Rueil-Malmaison
79,000
80.0%
19.9%
55
Pau
77,000
69.64%
30.36%
56
Béziers
75,000
45.99%
54.01%
57
La Rochelle
75,000
72.88%
27.12%
58
Champigny-sur-Marne
75,000
71.8%
28.2%
59
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
74,000
76.7%
23.3%
60
Cannes
73,000
52.63%
47.37%
61
Antibes
75,000
54.40%
45.60%
62
Calais
72,000
38.34%
61.66%
63
Saint-Nazaire
68,000
67.93%
32.07%
68
Ajaccio
67,000
41.20%
58.80%
69
Colmar
67,000
59.68%
40.32%
81
Quimper
64,000
74.12%
25.88%
82
Clichy
59,000
82.35%
17.65%
89
Neuilly-sur-Seine
62,000
82.58%
17.42%
93
Chambéry
59,000
70.64%
29.36%

* 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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