William M. Chandler

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Parisians celebrate on the Champs Elysees on May 7, 2017, following the announcement that Emmanuel Macron would claim victory in France’s presidential runoff election. On Sunday, Macron defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen after a deeply divisive campaign, claiming 66 percent of the final vote. (Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

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 »