On May 7th, in the second round of their presidential election, French voters elected Emmanuel Macron with 66.10 percent of the vote, as the eighth — and youngest ever — president of the French Fifth Republic. His victory marks an end to the dominance of France’s two main political parties: the socialist party, Parti Socialiste or PS; and the traditional right, incarnated today as Les Républicains, or LR. This suggests to many that the French party system is being reshaped in response to a popular desire to replace an out-of-touch political elite.
There are four important takeaways from this election:
Lesson 1: This election was less surprising than others, but voter abstention is a noteworthy trend
As French scholars know too well, French citizens often surprise observers.… Seguir leyendo »