Prime Minister Jean Castex pays a two-day go to to France’s abroad territory at Réunion island on 14-15 April in an try and rally assist for President Emmanuel Macron, after most islanders voted for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon within the first spherical. EURACTIV France studies.
“We will try to demonstrate in a precise and concrete way to the people of La Réunion the interest of voting for Emmanuel Macron. The objective is to say that we can live better together,” Castex stated on the airport of the capital Saint-Denis upon arrival.
Macron got here third amongst voters of La Réunion with 18.04% within the first spherical of the presidential elections on Sunday (10 April).
While the French abroad division overwhelmingly voted in favour of Mélenchon, he ended up third total, behind Macron and far-right chief Marine Le Pen, and didn’t make it to the second spherical.
Other division islands additionally favoured Mélenchon within the first spherical. He gained 56.16% in Guadeloupe, 53.10% in Martinique, 50.59% in French Guiana and 40.91% in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Of the 2 million abroad voters, almost 330,000 voted for the far-left candidate. However, 56% of eligible voters in these territories didn’t vote.
Mélenchon didn’t persuade voters in Mayotte, an archipelago within the Indian Ocean, nevertheless. Le Pen stays the clear favorite, after successful 42.67% – 15 factors greater than in 2017.
Her rating may be defined by an enormous inflow of refugees to the territory – a problem Le Pen stated she could be “very firm” about if elected. A complete of 23,724 unlawful immigrants had been deported from Mayotte in 2021, a rise of 78% in comparison with 2020.
“No department in metropolitan France could bear to experience what Mayotte is going through. At the same time, they need support and affection, but not only that. We really need to provide them with a very firm policy to give the young people of Mayotte a future,” Le Pen stated throughout a journey to Mayotte in December.
The Castex offensive
Macron solely managed to win three abroad areas: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. This is why Castex stated on Thursday he wished “to speak to the whole of the electorate”.
“I have seen abstentionists in Reunion to whom I want to address myself, as well as Jean-Luc Mélenchon voters, because we have to make an extremely important choice for La Réunion and France on 24 April,” he stated.
“I am here to talk about the concrete problems of daily life and to explain that our solutions are much better than those proposed by Marine Le Pen, for La Réunion and for France,” he added.
Whether Castex’s operation will likely be sufficient to seduce the 40% who voted for Mélenchon and the 46% who abstained within the first spherical stays to be seen.