Easy win for Macron in French election

French state TV vote estimate: Macron 65.1%, Le Pen 35.9%

That’s no surprise, opinion polls had suggested a result close to that.



The results of Sunday’s French presidential election run off  are expected from about 6 am New Zealand time.


Initial reporting suggests a high abstention in the French election.

Two weeks ago the French voting in London had to wait up to 3 hours to vote, however, reports this morning suggest that the queues were much shorter today.

Results are expected around 7pm BST (about 6am NZ time)


From live coverage from The Guardian:

If turnout projections of about 74% are correct, it would be the lowest in the second round of a French presidential election since 1969.

This is not unexpected in a contest as unique as that between the independent centrist Macron and far-right Le Pen, neither of whom have the formal backing of a mainstream political group, say analysts.

Yves-Marie Cann of pollsters Elabe told L’Express that the 1969 election, when the rate of abstention was a record 31.1%, was similarly exceptional, featuring two centre-right candidates: Georges Pompidou and Alain Poher.

How does France’s system of vote estimates work?




  1. Gezza

     /  May 8, 2017

    Well, that’s it then. The vulnerable child prodigy is the New French President. Aljaz commentary about two hours ago was largely about the challenges the new President will face trying to unify a country divided on such diametrically opposed directions people felt France should be going in as refelected by the two final candidates, and that the next thing to watch will be the makeup & voting behaviours of the National Assembly.

  2. Corky

     /  May 8, 2017

    Macron may have won the presidency, but he has picked up a political malignancy, and is yet to discoverer he is a dead man walking. In fact he still has to win the parliamentary vote.

    That malignancy are those non-voters who will fester away while Britain and America get on with life; and on with rebuilding. Islam will continue to attack them. They will still be hamstrung by UE regulations. And Macrons answer to all of this will be more of the same porridge.

    La Pen needs to keep rebuilding…it’s just a matter of time before she gets a call up.

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  May 8, 2017

    Stuart Varney on the *FOX BIZ NETWORK* is always worth a watch…….

    • Trying to talk up resentment and anger about a democratic election result?

      Sounds as bad as disgruntled anti-Trumpists in the US.

      A difference in France is that the election wasn’t close to being close. Le Pen was thrashed despite being up against a one year old party leader.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  May 8, 2017

        ‘…..a one year old party leader’

        LOL XD XD

        • Yes, a good example of how petty Hopkins can be and why she won’t be taken seriously beyond the fringe.

          • Nelly Smickers

             /  May 8, 2017

            That’s not a saying I’ve ever heard said before, PG…..when I googled it these two characters popped up – *comedians* I think ❓