French presidential election 2022: voters in London have their say

On 24 April, thousands of French citizens in London congregated in South Kensington to vote for the next French President.

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen went head-to-head once again in the second round, a repeat of the 2017 election.

In what could have been a much tighter race between Macron and Le Pen, the former managed to overcome his far right-wing opponent by 58.6% to 41.4%.

Macron’s victory means he is the first president to get a second term in 20 years, but for many within France and abroad, this election focused on choosing the lesser of two evils – a former banker who has cut taxes for the rich, or a far -right candidate who looks to divide the country.

While the rest of Europe breaths a sigh of relief, this is a telling sign that populism is becoming more and more popular in the Hexagon – Le Pen finished this year with 7.5% more votes than in 2017.

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