London, Tuesday, 26 April 2022
According to the official results announced by the Interior Ministry, French President Emmanuel Macron received 58.54 percent of the vote, compared to 41.46 percent for his National Rally (RN) opponent Marine Le Pen.
Macron received 18,779,641 votes (18.8 million), accounting for only 38.52 percent of the overall vote. Since 1969, when President Georges Pompidou won 37.51 percent of the vote, this is the lowest voting percentage for the elected winner.
Meanwhile, Le Pen received 27.28 percent of the vote, garnering 13,297,760 votes (13.3 million), the most ever for a far-right contender.
The number of voters who did not use their democratic rights, 28.01 percent, was the most shocking aspect of the data. 13656,109 (13.6 million) of the 48.75 million registered voters did not vote.
This is the greatest rate of abstention in a presidential election since 1969, when 31.15 percent of voters skipped the second round. As a show of dissatisfaction, about 2,228,044 (2.2 million) voters, or 4.57 percent, left their ballots blank.
According to polls conducted prior to the election, a considerable number of people wishing for a political shift were dissatisfied with the final two candidates.
They didn't want incumbent Macron to be re-elected, and they didn't want Le Pen to be elected to the Elysee Palace.
According to records, the French are generally disinterested in and unconcerned about the various elections. A substantial number of people did not vote in the regional elections held in June of last year.
Macron now has to deal with the parliamentary elections, which are set to take place on June 12 and 19. The National Assembly is made up of 577 legislators who will establish policies and legislation for the next five years.
Macron acknowledged in his victory address that a majority of voters chose him to defeat far-right Le Pen, and that he will have to work harder to get their acceptance.
Despite her loss in the presidential race, Le Pen has pledged to battle on in the legislative elections. She has yet to accept her opponent Erick Zemmour's offer to form a national alliance of far-right parties to defeat Macron's Republic on the Move candidates.
(Research and edit by: The Decision Maker – International Relations editors)
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