The voters of Mélenchon, the key to the French presidential election | French Presidency 2022

Although she realizes that the situation is painful, tiringShe wants to join a group of activists to distribute leaflets in a popular area of ​​the city to thank the electorate who voted in large numbers for La France Insoumise’s candidate.

At national level, Jean-Luc Mélenchon won 22% of the vote in the first round, finishing about a percentage point behind Marine Le Pen. In Marseille, support for the radical left candidate exceeded 30%.

The area where the partisan activities take place, not far from the center of Marseille, is at the heart of the constituency of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who is also a member of the National Assembly in addition to his presidential candidacy.

Pascale, an activist with La France insoumise, notes that Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s voters are of interest to presidential candidates.

Photo: Radio Canada / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

Now that the candidate is out of the running for the Élysée, what will his constituents do on Sunday?

I won’t vote, sir, because between the plague and cholera, I’d rather stay at hometells us a woman who voted for Mélenchon in the first ballot.

A little further on, Inès, a young voter, says that she will vote for Emmanuel Macron, but without much enthusiasm.

We’re going to vote because we don’t want Marine Le Pen to go through. We will vote for Macron, but reluctantly. »

A quote from Inès, a voter from Marseille

At least we already know Macron while we don’t know Marinecomplements her friend Noémie.

After the first round, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s political party held a consultation with more than 300,000 of its constituents on its intentions for the second round duel.

Result: 33% of respondents intend to support the outgoing President, the others prefer a blank vote or abstention. It should be noted that voting for Marine Le Pen was not an option under this consultation, as Jean-Luc Mélenchon had urged his supporters not to vote for the far-right candidate.

The results of the first round of the presidential elections in Marseille

  • Jean Luc Melenchon: 31.12%
  • Emmanuel Macron: 22.62%
  • Marine Le Pen: 20.89%

The outstretched hands of Macron and Le Pen

Although her candidate’s name will not appear on Sunday’s ballot papers, La France campaigner Pascale Touleron notes that her political movement still carries an important weight in the presidential campaign.

Of course we were disappointed with the results of the first round. But since we achieved a good result, we see that our political opponents have all eyes on us. You wonder what we’re all going to do. »

A quote from Pascale Touleron, activist of La France insoumise
Activists distribute Macron campaign flyers near a metro entrance in Marseille.

Activists distribute Macron campaign flyers near a metro entrance in Marseille.

Photo: Radio Canada / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

Since April 10, the two opponents in the second round have also been trying to court this left-wing electorate.

Outgoing President Emmanuel Macron, for example, who traveled to Marseille for a rally last Saturday, has pledged to put the environment at the heart of a second term if re-elected. The candidate thus committed himself to appointing a prime minister who will be responsible for it ecological planning.

Although Jean-Luc Mélenchon asked his constituents to do so give a voteMarine Le Pen is nevertheless trying to win the support of some left-wing voters.

During this campaign, the far-right candidate has therefore raised economic and social issues, in particular purchasing power. Then, during a rally held in Avignon on April 14, she called Patriots on the right, patriots on the left or elsewhere to join it, a matter of uniting the anti-Macron vote.

Eléonore Bez, local councilor of the National Rally, speaks to a voter on a market day in Marseille.

A National Rally councilor speaks to a voter on a market day in Marseille.

Photo: Radio Canada / Raphaël Bouvier-Auclair.

Will this call be heard by certain Jean-Luc Mélenchon voters? Polls show that within this electorate, the Le Pen option would be in the minority compared to Macron voting or abstaining.

Still, Jean-Paul, a Marseille resident who will invalidate his vote on Sunday, believes the idea of ​​the amendment could appeal to some voters on the far left.

: \”pourquoi, après tout, ne pas essayer Marine?\” Ce n’est pas mon opinion et ce n’est pas ma conviction, mais je comprends qu’il y a un certain raisonnement en ce sens-là”,”text”:”Les gens sont déçus de la droite. Les gens sont déçus de la gauche; ils se disent: \”pourquoi, après tout, ne pas essayer Marine?\” Ce n’est pas mon opinion et ce n’est pas ma conviction, mais je comprends qu’il y a un certain raisonnement en ce sens-là”}}”>People are disappointed in the right. People are disappointed in the left; You say to yourself, “After all, why not try Marine?” It’s not my opinion and it’s not my belief, but I understand there are some arguments for it.he said.

Jean-Paul, a voter from Marseille

Dissatisfied with the two candidates, Jean-Paul, a voter from Marseille, will annul his vote on Sunday.

Photo: Radio Canada

The Legislative Battle

After the second round of the presidential elections, La France insoumise supporters already have their eyes on it a third round : the June general elections aimed at renewing the National Assembly.

The more MPs we have in the Assembly, the better we can get our ideas through.says activist Pascale Touleron while distributing leaflets to voters in Marseille.

In an interview with the BFMTV channel a few days ago, Jean-Luc Mélenchon also spoke about the importance he attaches to this election.

I ask the French to elect me Prime Ministersaid the politician, who believes that the winner of the presidential election will have no choice but to appoint him head of government if his party wins the majority of seats in the National Assembly.

Although the idea motivates the militant base and Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s movement has managed to assert itself on the left of the political spectrum, the challenge remains daunting. In its current composition, the French Assembly has only 17 insoumise out of 577 elected deputies from La France.

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