Presidency: Among French expats, staggering disparities in voting

Posted on April 12, 2022, 2:32 pmUpdated on Apr 12, 2022 at 2:55 pm

It will take some time to count and transmit results from nearly 900 polling stations based on more than a hundred embassies or consulates located almost everywhere on the planet. On Monday evening, several hours after the country’s final results were published, the Ministry of the Interior was finally able to publish the results of the first round of voting for French living abroad on the Internet, highlighting electoral behavior that is often very different from that of their compatriots.

The 1.43 million expatriate expatriates registered on electoral rolls for the first time recorded a record abstention of 64.88%, higher than the 56.1% recorded during the first round of the presidential election in 2017. This figure appears to show a record abstention from The rating reached 64.88%. A form of disinterest in voting, but it also reminds us that thousands of French have been denied the right to vote in China, where the authorities have imposed very strict restrictions in many cities. In Shanghai, 4,500 French adults registered with the consulate were to remain confined to their homes, by order of order, as were all 25 million metropolitan residents.

Macron vs Melenchon

After counting 498,951 votes cast worldwide, Emmanuel Macron emerged as the favorite candidate for voters outside France. He received 45.09% of the vote in the first round, ahead of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and 21.92%. Eric Zemmour won third with 8.67% of the vote, while Yannick Gadot climbed to fourth (8.17%) ahead of Marine Le Pen (5.29%), Valérie Pecres (4.2%) and Anne Hidalgo (2.5%). He is followed by Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (1.42%), Jean LaSalle (1.2%), Fabien Roussel (0.65%), Philippe Bouteau (0.63%) and Nathalie Arthod (0.26%).

The second-round “choice” between Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon – distinct from that chosen by the majority of national voters – has established itself in most countries hosting large French communities. At polling stations in North America (US, Canada and Mexico), the outgoing president gets 47% of the vote when his opponent from La France Insoumise gets 22%.

In Japan, the two candidates receive 33.9% and 30%, respectively. The order is the same in Spain, Italy or the United Kingdom. Voters again made a similar choice in Côte d’Ivoire or China.

On the other hand, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is ahead of Emmanuel Macron in many French communities in Africa. In the consular constituency that brought together the French from Senegal, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, the leftist candidate received 38.6% of the vote against 33.9% for the outgoing president. He also largely controls the ballot in Morocco, where he was born in 1951 – in Tangiers – with 40.2% of the vote, ahead of Emmanuel Macron with 37.8%.

zemmour in thailand

If the far right has traditionally scored poorly in the expat community, Eric Zemmour, this time around, has managed to take first place in a few countries. He scored particularly high in Israel where 53% of voters gave him their vote after a campaign in which he referred, several times, to his Jewishness, which ended with a condemnation, on television, of the murderous “anti” sublime assault on Jeremy Cohen. The gesture was appreciated by the dual nationals who settled in the country.

The leader of the Reconquête also dominated the ballot in Russia, where the French community, which had noticed, before the invasion of Ukraine, his very benign speeches regarding Vladimir Putin, put him in the lead with 26 85% of the vote. Emmanuel Macron (23.2%). Perhaps most surprisingly, the former far-right columnist is making a name for himself in the French community in Thailand. He received 31.9% of the vote, ahead of the outgoing president (31.2%).

If a second round of voting is not held to test the vote of French living abroad, specialists believe that Emmanuel Macron should largely prevail, as in 2017, in the expatriate community. Five years ago, he received 89.3% of the vote against Marine Le Pen (10.7%).

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