In Martinique, more than 50% of the electorate voted

The first round of the presidential election in Martinique was marked by over 57% abstentions, but an increase of 2.78% over the 2017 election. Of the 122,949 votes cast, 53% of those votes placed the far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon , ahead of Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and Valerie Pécresse.

In 2017, the leader of La France Insoumise already scored the best result in Martinique with 27% of the vote. He was ahead of Emmanuel Macron by 26%, ahead of just over 2,000 votes. Francois Fillon came third with 17%, followed by Marine Le Pen with 11%.

The results of the first round of the 2017 presidential election in Martinique, with the four candidates taking the lead, including Jean-Luc Melenchon with the best result.

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Five years later, the 70-year-old far-left candidate doubled his scores on the island, with 53.10% of the vote is winning in all the municipalities of Martinique. Apart from that, outgoing President Emmanuel Macron qualified for the second round, achieving 16.30%, ahead of Marine Le Pen from the far right.

The latter, also qualifying for the second round, led by just over two points, winning with 13.42% of the vote. The other nine candidates have less than 5%, including Valerie Pecres with 3.85%, Ann Hidalgo with 3.20% and Eric Zemmour with 2.56% of the vote.

Jean-Luc Melenchon also took center stage in the polls in mainland Guadeloupe with 56.16% of the support vote. But more than 55% of the archipelago’s voters abstained. LFI is ahead of Marine Le Pen with an overall rating of around 18% while Emmanuel Macron leads with 13.43%.

In Guyana, where the abstention rate is about 64%, candidate Melenchon was the favorite among voters in this first round with 50.59%, ahead of Marine Le Pen who showed 17.66% and Emmanuel Macron, 3 points ahead of the National Rally, at 14.22%.

The five-year period approaching its end has been marked by successive crises. The Yellow Vests, the Covid pandemic, rising energy prices and declining purchasing power, or even the consequences of war at Europe’s gates, in Ukraine. In addition, there is the distrust and disappointment shown by part of the public, especially towards politicians from traditional parties.

The right and left in this case, who had alternately shared power under the Fifth Republic since 1958, saw their electorate erode over time, in favor of the far right and the far left, until the coup of mercy in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron who devised the surprise, navigating the notion of “no right” Nor left.

This year, the two historic parties are having a harder time countering extremism, particularly in the Guyana Antilles, where candidate Melenchon continues to capitalize, far ahead of his rivals. But this was not enough for the former socialist to reach the second round, with just over 21% of the vote across France.

Was it a strategic vote to block Emmanuel Macron in Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique, where voters have been voting primarily left for several years? Where is this more general sign of dissatisfaction with the policies pursued in these areas? Unless some registrars from these three provinces wanted to turn the tables to try something else, other faces, or other, more radical doctrines advocated by the extremists?

The future will tell us during the second round of this presidential election, which will be expected again on April 23, 2022 with the two finalists, Marine Le Pen of the RN and Emmanuel Macron of LAREM (La République En Marche).

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Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, the two finalists for the 2022 presidential elections

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It remains to be seen whether voters will be more inclined to choose between two visions for France over the next five years.

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