BREAKING: official projections as polls close in the First Round French Elections— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) April 10, 2022
Emmanuel Macron: 28.1%
Marine Le Pen: 23.3%#presidentielles2022
Mélenchon, with 20 percent in third place missing the second round, telling his voters not to go with Le Pen: https://t.co/nGqUKpvNck— Jimmy Quinn (@james_t_quinn) April 10, 2022
The only endorsement #LePen is getting tonight is from her far-right rival Eric #Zemmour, whose outrageous comments during the campaign made her look moderate by comparison— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) April 10, 2022
But he has a dig for LePen: "I never lied to get ahead in the polls, I never went against my own thoughts" pic.twitter.com/Ce9b5mBHrx
Éric Zemmour’s presidential campaign didn’t go well — but it helped Marine Le Pen project a moderate image, including by denouncing his Nazi supporters. Far from a spoiler, Zemmour helped to shepherd traditional right-wing voters to her. https://t.co/CZYtwDgz4Z— Jacobin (@jacobin) April 10, 2022
Le Pen is a weapon, part of Putin's larger war, a second front in attacking Europe and democracy. I am often critical of Macron's dealings with Russia, but he is an essential bulwark in France today. https://t.co/ZefR2pxhJo— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) April 10, 2022
No surprises so far.
A quarter of the French have voted against democracy as usual. Macron is also attacking Le Pen for being an anti-Semite who opposes the Africanization of France.
“He also harshly criticized Le Pen’s party, which he called a “clan,” for deploring the “Africanization of France.” Macron didn’t miss the opportunity to point out that he “wasn’t the one who sought financing in Russia.”
Macron’s fate now depends on the willingness of leftists to vote for him solely on the basis of urban cultural affinities.