The 2017 French presidential election is over, even though the results were foretold for some time.
Emmanuel Macron will soon take office as the next president of the Fifth Republic. When he does, he’ll very quickly have to tackle parliamentary elections to see just how deep his support is. Other battles, including unemployment, Europe, and immigration, will come shortly thereafter.
Before we know if he will have a favorable legislature, he gets to take a victory lap.
In the final results of the second round, Macron received 66.1 percent of the vote. Marine Le Pen, his challenger, claimed 33.9 percent.
2017 French Presidential Election Results: French Mainland
Macron nearly ran the table across French mainland departments. There were a few close calls, like both departments in Corsica and several in eastern and southern France. Nevertheless, Marine Le Pen, the National Front candidate, only won two departments in France’s north.
With a victory as broad as Macron’s, there is little criticism to level. He won essentially everywhere in the country, bringing together a broad coalition of supporters. It remains to be seen if it will stick with him through the legislative elections or if this was mostly an anti-Le Pen vote.
The one knock on this round is the 25 percent abstention rate. It was under 20 percent in the 2012 runoff, and about 16 percent in 2007. This is the highest abstention rate since 1969, when 31 percent of French voters sat out Georges Pompidou’s runoff victory.
2017 French Presidential Election Results: Overseas Territories
Whereas Macron almost won it all across the mainland of France, he did outside of continental Europe. In all of the overseas departments, Macron was victories, and usually by a wide margin. The closest run was in New Caledonia, in which Marine Le Pen pulled 47.4 percent.
The “French residents overseas” constituency went 89 percent for Emmanuel Macron. His vote percentage on that level was second only to that of Paris.
2017 French Presidential Election Results: More Data and Facts
The only two departments won by Marine Le Pen over Emmanuel Macron were Aisne and Pas-de-Calais. In Aisne, her vote share was 52.91 percent, and in Pas-de-Calais, 52.06 percent.
Le Pen scored above 48 percent in just six others: Haute-Saône, Meuse, Var, Ardennes, Corse-du-Sud, and Haute-Marne.
Macron’s biggest department victory was in Paris, taking 89.68 percent of the vote out of over 900,000 ballots cast.
Emmanuel Macron scored above 70 percent of the vote in 28 departments overall.
On a regional level, Macron claimed victory in all 18 of them. The closest Le Pen came to victory was on Corsica, in which she took 48.52 percent of the vote. In Île-de-France, the region containing Paris, she claimed her worst poll results at 21.27 percent.
This election was nevertheless an improvement for the Le Pens in electoral politics. Marine’s father, Jean-Marie, did not win any departments in his 2002 runoff against Jacques Chirac.
For a little more on how we got here, see our spring 2017 piece on the run-up to the election.