Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in France on 26 May 2019.
The electoral campaign in France was strongly featured by the debacle between President Emmanuel Macron's pro-EU La République En Marche! (LREM), and Marine Le-Pen's Eurosceptic Rassemblement National (RN), in the framework of long-standing protests across the country relating to the emergence of the Yellow Vest movement. Pre-electoral polls suggested a tight race between the two parties, which embodied two very distinct visions for the future of the European Union (EU).
At the end, LREM (22,41%) failed to defeat Le Pen's RN (23,31%). The biggest surprise of these elections was the score obtained by the green party Europe-Ecology-Les Verts (EELV), which won 12,8% of the votes and became the third largest French force in the European Parliament. Right-wing party Les Républicains (LR) only got 8,2% of the votes, compared to more than 20% in 2014. La France Insoumise (LFI) gained 6,7% of the votes.
- Commentary and Analysis
France24: 2019 European Parliament election results France
Poll of Polls: EP 2019 in France
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in France
Open Europe: Blog, 17/04/2019: European Elections in France: Macron leads the polls, but Euroscepticism is rife
Politico, 24/04/2019: France’s far-right boy wonder
Clingendael: Opinions, 02/05/2019: The campaign for the European Elections in France
France24, 10/05/2019: European elections: France gets ready for key vote
EurActiv, 11/05/2019: European elections in France, in the shadow of national politics
Politico, 12/05/2019: Meet Macron’s Renaissance woman
France24, 27/05/2019: EU elections: What became of the Yellow Vest candidates?
France24, 20/04/2019: Le Pen's National Rally goes green in bid for European election votes
Reuters, 05/05/2019: Macron's party falls behind Le Pen's far right in EU election poll
Reuters, 07/05/2019: Macron camp seeks reset after EU campaign 'false start'
EurActiv, 07/05/2019: French electorate in doubt and abundance of candidates: What could go wrong?
RFI, 09/05/2019: European elections: Macron’s party makes ecology a manifesto priority
Politico, 09/05/2019: Macron unveils plan for Europe
EurActiv, 17/05/2019: French minority parties cry for impartiality ahead of EU election TV debate
Reuters, 19/05/2019: France's Le Maire says a Le Pen win in EU elections would hurt euro
EurActiv, 26/05/2019: France posts surprising results in the European elections
Reuters, 26/05/2019: Exit polls show France's far-right on top in EU vote in France
The Local France, 27/05/2019: Le Pen narrowly tops European election polls in France in blow for Macron
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in France
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European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections