He is well ahead of the far-right candidate

French President Emmanuel Macron is the big winner of the first round of the presidential elections in French Polynesia. He obtained 40.3% of the votes against 19.45% for the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. President Macron can be described as a centrist, or even a centre-right candidate. The first left-wing candidate, Jean-Luc Mélanchon, came third with 13.2%.

The rout of Gaston Flosse’s former party

The other major fact of this election is the rout of Valérie Pécresse, who came in at only 7.9%. She was running in the colours of the Republicans, the former political movement of the former president of the Republic Jacques Chirac and the former “master” of Polynesia, Gaston Flosse.Macron’s big victory is not really a surprise. His visit last July undoubtedly played a big role in this score. The same phenomenon can be observed in New Caledonia. For the record, in the whole of France, Emmanuel Macron obtained 27.6% and Marine Le Pen 23.4%.the second round, which will oppose Marine Le Pen to Emmanueml Macron, will be held on 24 April.

Scores of the twelve candidates

Here are the scores of the twelve candidates:

Emmanuel Macron obtained 24418 votes, or 40.25% of the votes cast.

Marine Le Pen (far right), 11,797 or 19.45%.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon (far left), 8,035 votes (13.24%).

Valérie Pécresse, (Right) 4,809 votes, (7.93%).

Eric Zemmour (far right), 4311 votes (7.11%).

Yannick jadot (ecologist), 2166 votes (3.57%).

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (far right), 1983 votes (3.27%).

Natalie Arthaud (far left), 819 votes (1.35%).

Anne Hidalgo, (left) 874 votes (1.44%).

Jean Lassalle, (neither right nor left) 618 votes (1.02%).

Philippe Poutou (far left), 459 votes (0.76%).

Fabien Roussel (far left), 376 votes (0.62%).