Emmanuel Macron’s Re-Election Is Historic But Critics Rant

This is a re-election that will go down in history, just as the far right's score has never been so high after Emmanuel Macron promised in 2017 that he would no longer give the French reasons to "vote for the extremes."

Emmanuel Macron's Re-Election Is Historic But Critics Rant - SurgeZirc FR
Emmanuel Macron's Re-Election Is Historic But Critics Rant.

Emmanuel Macron was re-elected President of France on Sunday, April 24, with 58.55 per cent of the vote, defeating Marine Le Pen. Prior to him, no outgoing president had ever been re-elected outside of the period of cohabitation.

François Hollande had given up running for re-election in 2017 five years ago, citing low voting intentions and a difficult political mandate. Before him, in 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated by François Hollande (with 48.4 per cent of the vote).

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The former first secretary of the PS had played on the country’s “anti-Sarkozy” fibre, in an anaphora remained famous, “me president,” to criticize his predecessor’s balance sheet in hollow.

Prior to Emmanuel Macron, only Jacques Chirac (82.2 per cent) defeated Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2002 – but it was the left and Lionel Jospin who governed – and François Mitterrand (88%) was re-elected against his Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (54 per cent).

This is a re-election that will go down in history, just as the far right’s score has never been so high after Emmanuel Macron promised in 2017 that he would no longer give the French reasons to “vote for the extremes.”

That really hasn’t gone down well. The French extreme right has more than doubled its score in the last two decades, with Marine Le Pen receiving eight points more than in 2017.

Some opinions believe that Emmanuel Macron will continue to govern a deeply divided country for the next five years.

Between the abstainers (a quarter of those who voted in the first round), the 42 per cent who voted for Marine Le Pen in the first round, and the 22 per cent who voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round believe that the head of state is renewed with little adherence to its project.

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Meanwhile, the president’s ministers obviously are not seeing what the negative opinions are saying with Agnès Pannier-Runacher, on Public Sénat saying, “I am very happy with the confidence of the French, he is a rather well-elected president. At the moment, it’s the best project for the French”.

Bruno Le Maire, a few minutes earlier, was more nuanced, “The messages have been received 5/5, we will have to go faster for the fight against global warming and for our compatriots in great difficulty.”

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