Incumbent President Emanuel Macron is set to win the tense French presidential runoff against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, according to exit poll projections.
Macron has won 58.2% of the votes against 41.8% for Le Pen as he looks set to secure his second run in the Elysee Palace.
Paris, France | Emmanuel Macron has beaten far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to win the French presidency, projections show.
He has taken 58% of the vote to her 42%, say French mediaMacron, 44, is set to become the first French president to be re-elected in 20 years. Le Pen, 53, was running for the presidency for a third time; she lost to Macron in 2017. He took 66% of the vote then and her result is an unprecedented gain for the far right.
The first projections of the second round of the French elections this Sunday give the victory to Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen, with 58.2% of the votes – an increase in relation to the polls prior to the vote, reported the website Notícias ao Minuto. Contrary to what happens in Portugal, the projections are not based on polls at the exit of the polls, but through the opening of polls in typical parishes, which tend to mirror the national reality.
In the first leg of the elections, Emmanuel Macron, from La République En Marche!, won with 27.8% of the votes. Marine Le Pen, of the Rassemblement National, got 23.2%, ahead of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s 22%, the only candidate from the left to have a significant performance in the face of the electoral disaster of the rest of the left – especially the Socialists and Anne Hidalgo.
In 2017, Macron was elected president of the French for the first time, after comfortably beating Marine Le Pen. However, political analysts have warned that this is a different Le Pen, more moderate and further removed from the radical genesis of the party founded by his father, Jean-Marie Le Pen – even changing the name of the party. Even so, Emmanuel Macron has often criticized, in his campaign, the hatred and xenophobia sponsored by Le Pen’s Rassemblement National, namely after his opponent banned some journalists from entering his rallies.
Islamophobia was also a constant in Le Pen’s policies that drew criticism from his opponents. Over the course of this Sunday afternoon, data on electoral participation became known, which, according to the French authorities, fell. Abstention should be around 28%, a record for absence at the polls.
Another question will also be where the votes for Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the left will be dispersed, since neither Emmanuel Macron, with a liberal background, nor Le Pen, coming from the extreme right, enchants voters on the left.
The far-right candidate, on the other hand, has glued Macron to economic stagnation and, in particular, to the recent rise in living costs, especially fuel – a factor that has been preponderant in Macron’s presidency, as in 2018, with the beginning of the movement. of the yellow vests.
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