French President Emmanuel Macron begins his second term in a deeply divided country.
Macron won re-election on Sunday, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen by a 16-point margin, but polling on Election Day shows a strong polarization between the two camps, with clear dividing lines according to the age of the voters, where they live and how they manage financially.
Macron did better in more densely populated areas, winning more than 70% of the vote in Paris, for example, while Le Pen was stronger in rural communities and thousands of small constituencies scattered across France, in his strongholds northeast and south as well as abroad. territories.
There was a stark divide between voters who say they struggle financially at the end of each month and those who don’t. Some 59% of the former group voted for Le Pen, while Macron won a two-thirds majority among the latter.
As in the first round on April 10, Macron owes much to the loyalty of older voters, who not only backed him in large numbers, but were also the most represented age group.