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The campaign has been overshadowed by the Russia-Ukraine war. On the domestic front, it did not deliver debilitating misconduct such as the 2017 embezzlement scandal of Francois Fillon, the right-wing candidate of Les Republicains party.
Even the controversy of Emmanuel Macron’s government around the use of the McKinsey consulting firm – pushed by the media – did not result in lighting a spark.
The run-up to the election has been marked by a mixture of apathy and concerns, due to what politics lecturer Pierre Bocquillon described as “a foretold story” between Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Bocquillon, a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, said Macron’s appeal and dynamism have deteriorated compared with the 2017 election when he announced his candidacy as a newcomer.
“Macron has failed. In fact, he has not really tried to mobilise his support base which is on the centre-right,” he said.
“He still leads in the polls by a relatively comfortable margin as the candidate of continuity and stability in uncertain times, but the gap with Marine Le Pen is also closing as she seems to be hoovering some of the support of the other far-right and wild card candidate Eric Zemmour.”
There is also the fact that the 12 candidates in the campaign did not carry a single vision, which contributed to the sense of fatigue among the French population of 48 million, said Jacques Reland, a senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute.