French Election 2017:
Results and Second Round overview

                       

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have taken the top two spots in the first round of the French presidential election. This marks the first time that the two main candidates for the presidency are from traditionally non-mainstream political parties.

Who won the first round of the French Presidential Election?

Pro-Europe, centrist,

new to politics

Far right nationalist,

anti-EU and anti-immigration

Conservative candidate,

free market supporter

Far-left, anti free market,

demands new EU deals

23.9%

21.4%

19.9%

19.6%

Go to second round

23.9%

Pro-Europe, centrist,

new to politics

21.4%

Far right nationalist,

anti-EU and anti-immigration

19.9%

Conservative candidate,

free market supporter

19.6%

Far-left, anti free market,

demands new EU deals

The geography of the first round

Both Macron and Le Pen will face each other on 7 May starting from radically different positions, and with a clearly defined electoral base.

This map shows the candidate who won the highest number of votes for each department in France.

Le Pen has taken vast areas of the country, especially on the eastern border of France. The National Front beat expectations in the French Riviera, winning almost all the departments. In the north, Lille, traditionally a socialist city, has moved to the more far-left Mélenchon, humiliating the socialist Benoît Hamon with less than 8% of the vote.

Macron, meanwhile, has taken most of west France, in regions predominantly right-wing but disillusioned by mainstream parties.

23.9%

Traditionally socialist city, the PS lost

most of its support, with Benoît Hamon

totalling less than 8% of the votes.

21.4%

19.9%

19.6%

Won most of the north

departments, strengthening

the National Front position in

regions with high

unemployment rates.

Didn't manage to get through to the second

round struggling against Le Pen in many regions,

including his home one, where he totalled less

than 30% of the vote.

Won with a big margin in the Bordeaux region:

a crucial central-left area, foreshadowing a possible

victory in the second round.

Nice

Has always been a right wing city. Not anymore.

Compared to the previous election, Marine Le Pen

has surged in all the Mediterranean departments

23.9%

21.4%

19.9%

19.6%

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2

3

4

5

1 - Lille,

Traditionally socialist city, the PS lost

most of its support, with Benoît Hamon

totalling less than 8% of the votes.

Won most of the north departments, strengthening

the National Front position in regions with high

unemployment rates.

Didn't manage to get through to the second

round, struggling against Le Pen in many regions,

including his home one, where he totalled less

than 30% of the vote.

Won with a big margin in the Bordeaux region:

a crucial central-left area, foreshadowing a possible

victory in the second round.

5 - Nice,

Has always been a right wing city. Not anymore.

Compared to the previous election, Marine Le Pen

has surged in all the Mediterranean departments

Macron vs Le Pen: where they won

These more detailed maps show the composition of the Macron and Le Pen voters.

The National Front candidate won the areas she campaigned most decisively in during recent months. These regions are also the ones that have the highest immigration fears and rising unemployment: two key battlegrounds for Le Pen.

Macron's En Marche! has, instead, won in economically dynamic regions and in large cities concentrated in the centre-west of the country, like Paris and Bordeaux. In these areas, Macron's pro-EU and pro-business positions have helped him win the trust of the more progressive French population, including the young and those with a higher education.

Macron

Le Pen

10%

20%

30%

10%

20%

30%

Macron

10%

20%

30%

Le Pen

10%

20%

30%

Second round: the last step

The French electoral system dictates that unless one of the candidates receives 50% of the votes in the first poll - which is usually an impossibility given the large number of candidates - the two with the most votes will face each other in a second, decisive round on 7 May.

Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, pollsters have always given Macron a clear advantage over Le Pen. Will he be able to stay in front until 7 May?

Second round

First round

80%

Macron

59.0%

60%

40%

Le Pen

41.0%

20%

23

7

February

March

April

May

April

May

Second

round

First round

80%

Macron

59.0%

60%

40%

Le Pen

41.0%

20%

23

7

May

February

March

April

April

May