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French presidential election: Jean-Luc Mélenchon comes out on top in Montreal | French Presidential 2022

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In Montreal, the candidate of the radical left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, came first with 34.88% of the votes cast, according to data published by the Consulate General of France in Montreal.

He is followed by Mr. Macron, who obtained 31.85% of the vote. The environmental candidate, Yannick Jadot, finished third, collecting 12.69% of the vote. The far-right polemicist Éric Zemmour obtained 6.41%, which gives him fourth place. Ms. Le Pen is fifth, at 3.97%.

In Quebec, the outgoing president came first, at 30.34%, followed by Mr. Mélenchon, at 28.13%. Mr. Zemmour completes the podium, at 9.89%, followed by Mr. Jadot and Ms. Le Pen.

French citizens line up to vote in Quebec.

The 13,800 French electors of the City of Quebec were called to vote at Collège Stanislas.

Photo: TurnedNews.com / Alexane Drolet

In the Maritimes, the results are similar, with 36.61% for Mr. Macron, 25.3% for Mr. Mélenchon and 13.69% for Mr. Zemmour.

Toronto is the only polling station in Canada where Ms. Le Pen came second, with 22.96% of the vote. Mr. Macron was ahead of it, at 46.51%.

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In all offices, abstention remained the main winner. Only a third of registered voters exercised their right to vote.

Some 67,000 French people are registered on the electoral lists of the Montreal consulate and more than 13,000 are in Quebec.

Already in the first round of the 2017 elections, Mr. Macron had finished in the lead followed by Mr. Mélenchon among the French in Canada. In the second round, they had overwhelmingly voted for the candidate of La République en Marche, granting him nearly 90% of the vote.

Launch of the second round campaign

Mr Macron said on Monday he wanted to convince a wide range of French voters to support his centrist vision, launching a two-week battle against far-right candidate Ms Le Pen until the second round of the election. ‘presidential election.

Ms Le Pen is ready for the fight, keen to point to rising energy and food prices that have hit poorer households particularly hard recently, as Mr Macron focused his efforts on finding a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine.

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If Mr Macron beat Ms Le Pen five years ago in the second round, opinion polls show that the leader of the National Rally is much closer to victory this time around.

A man looks at the posters of the two politicians.

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are the two finalists in the first round of the 2022 presidential elections in France.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP/LUDOVIC MARIN

The outcome of the French presidential election will have wide international influence, as Europe struggles to contain the devastation caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Macron strongly supported the European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia while Ms Le Pen expressed concern about their impact on French living standards. M Macron is also a strong supporter of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization and close collaboration between the 27 members of theEuropean Union.

The second round will take place on Saturday, April 23 in North America.

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