“We have achieved the political objective that we had given ourselves,” Mr Melenchon stated shortly after the preliminary outcomes have been introduced, whereas nonetheless urging supporters to attend till the ultimate outcomes got here in.
It is a significant upset for the president’s pro-business home agenda, which included additional tax cuts and elevating the retirement age from 62 to 65.
Mr Mélenchon’s celebration, in the meantime, gained over voters with a coverage agenda that promised to concentrate on points at dwelling, together with decreasing the retirement age from 62 to 60, freezing power costs amidst rising inflation, and growing the month-to-month minimal wage to €1,500 (£1,287).
Balancing overseas coverage
Low voter turnout performed a key position in Mr Macron’s disappointing figures. Turnout at 5pm on Sunday was solely at round 38 per cent, solely barely increased than on the identical time in 2017.
Sunday’s outcomes even have worldwide implications as Mr Macron, who has been a key negotiating determine between Ukraine and Russia, now faces growing stress to prioritise his home agenda over overseas coverage.
Mr Mélenchon, an outspoken Eurosceptic who has promised to drag France out of Nato, has criticised Mr Macron, whom he claims has put overseas coverage forward of his home agenda.