After days of staggered voting, the results are in today for both France and Europe. With some surprises:
– At 50.13% participation in France far exceeded expectations. Hooray!
– ‘Rural’, a category assumed to be more Euro-skeptic, turned out more strongly than ‘urban.’
– That said, the pro-European center can be considered to have held together here, despite many commentators’ hand-wringing. Granted, Le Pen’s list did edge out the government’s by about a percentage point, at 23.31%, but the allied Greens achieved an unpredicted surge of 13.47%. You do the math.
– The conservative right and moderate left (PS) fell far, far behind.
Some observers see a new political constellation hardening in France and beyond: the liberal-rightist center vs extremist parties left and right – and foretell the coming demise of democracy as we have known it. However…
– Europe-wide participation, too, was heartening at over 50%, the best showing since 1994.
– Europe-wide, of the 751 seats the extreme right (classifications by Le Monde) took 115, the extreme left 41, and the nationalist right (Hello Victor Urban and friends) 58. More easy math!
That’s the gist. Have a nice day, everyone.
Photo: Rimbaud’s poem, Le Bateau Ivre, carved on a wall in the 6th arondissement.