The 2017 French Election has concluded, with Emmanuel Macron taking 66% of the vote and Marine Le Pen with 34%.
Macron received 20,753,798 votes and Le Pen garnered about half that number with 10,644,118 votes.
French Presidents serve a five-year term.
During the first round of voting, the difference in votes between the two was much closer. Macron received 8,656,346 votes and Le Pen brought in 7,678,491 votes.
Macron has no elected office experience and the 39 year-old is the former economy minister under Socialist President François Hollande.
Macron is described by most media as a ‘pro-european union centrist’ and a pro-refugee and immigration candidate.
Marcon’s close relationship with Germany’s Angela Merkel borders on fixation and boosts the latter of that description.
48 year-old Le Pen has been characterized by media as a ‘far-right, eurosceptic, anti-immigration’ candidate representing the National Front party.
At her campaign launch, Le Pen told supporters that, “The divide is not between the left and right any more but between patriots and globalists.”
Le Pen has been outspoken about the immigrant and refugee issues facing France, going back several years.
In a 2015 speech, Le Pen said France’s troubles were rooted in the country’s “crazy immigration policy, made without discernment, and with the abandoning of the principle of assimilation.”
France has seen 6 Islamist terror attacks in the last three years alone.
Cheers and Jeers
President Trump congratulated Macron on Twitter:
Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017
While defeated 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton both cheered the French election of a fellow globalist and jeered at the U.S. voting public as well as media:
Victory for Macron, for France, the EU, & the world.
Defeat to those interfering w/democracy. (But the media says I can't talk about that)
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 7, 2017
Clinton made no remark about Le Pen’s loss being tied to misogyny as she had recently about her own loss.
The Daily Signal reported on several such interviews, which ranged from disgust at the selection of candidates to media propelling one candidate over another.
“I’m not going to vote because both candidates are no good,” Marco told The Daily Signal, asking that his last name not be used due to privacy concerns. “Neither one talks about the country. They only talk about their small problems; it’s only a quarrel between the two of them.”
“The media decided for the French people that the new president would be Emmanuel Macron,” Van Houten said. “For one year now the media wanted to have a match between Macron and Le Pen. So today I’ll go to Fontainebleau Forest to run a trail. I’ll not go to vote.”
“I’m for Le Pen,” Regis Aernouts, an antiques dealer in Paris’ Sixth Arrondissement told The Daily Signal on Saturday. “I’m not racist, but I think she would be best for the country. We live in a bubble here in Paris. It is, I think, like what happened in America when you elected Trump. People living in Washington and New York didn’t know what was happening in the rest of the country. It’s the same here in France.”
While the NY Times quote selections tacked more Macron friendly, the dissatisfaction of French voters with both candidates was noted.
“[M]any voters wanted change but were appalled at the type of populist anger that had upturned politics in Britain and the United States.”
“There was no choice. I couldn’t vote for Le Pen. You’re not going to vote for the extremist,” said Martine Nurit, 52, a small restaurant owner who had just cast her ballot in Paris’s 20th Arrondissement on Sunday. She had voted for the far left candidate Jean Luc Mélenchon in the first round, on April 23, and it was with “not an ounce of joy” that she voted for the “business oriented” Mr. Macron in the second. “Mostly, I voted against Le Pen,” she said.
“Even if they voted for Mr. Macron on Sunday to save the country from Ms. Le Pen, they did so without enthusiasm”
French Election by the Numbers
Voter turn out was down significantly from the first round to the final election. In the first round, 76% of registered voters turned out.
In the final election, that number dipped to roughly 66%.
The BBC reported that the election turn out was a low that heralds back to 1981.
French Election Stats via the French Ministry:
Registered Voters: 47,568,588
Abstention: 12,101,416 (25.44% of Registered Voters)
Ballots Cast: 35,467,172 (74.56% of Registered Voters)
Null Ballots: 1,049,532 (2.21% of Registered Voters)
Blank Ballots: 3,019,724 (6.35% of Registered Voters)
Ballots counted: 31,397,916 (66.01% of Registered Voters)
Null ballots and blank ballots were a combined total of 4,069,256.