The French trusted this Sunday a new five-year term for the centrist president Emmanuel Macron in the second round against Marine Le Penwhich despite losing achieved the best result of the extreme right in a presidential election in the country.
According to initial estimates, the candidate from La República en Marcha (LREM) obtained between 57.6 percent and 58.2 percent of the vote, a narrower victory than in 2017 when he defeated his rival from the Agrupación Nacional (RN). with 66.1% of votes against 33.9%
Participation in the second round of the French presidential elections reached 63.23% of the census at 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT), two hours after the first schools close, which is almost two points less than in the first round of fifteen days ago and the lowest at that time since 1969.
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Five years ago, the liberal Macron took Le Pen an advantage of ten million votes to Le Pen, rent that has been reduced by half this time, according to projections.
“It is a wide difference,” said the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, while the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, stated that it is “a clear victory.”
The government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, considered that Macron’s re-election is a “historic result to which corresponds a historical responsibility”.
This is the first re-election of a president since Jacques Chirac’s victory in 2002.
This second round of the presidential election was characterized by low turnout, estimated for now at around 72%.which would be the lowest in 53 years, since the 1969 elections.
In addition, the first data indicates that there would be 6% of invalid votes.
Macron plans to intervene when concrete data is known and then celebrate his re-election on the Champ de Mars, the large grassy esplanade located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The huge garden can accommodate up to 90,000 people.
Le Pen’s campaign has chosen a pavilion in the Bois de Boulogne, in the west of the capital, for its election night.