FRENCH nationals living abroad went to the polls a week earlier than their compatriots at home in the first round of legislative elections. On June 3rd and 4th around 1.3m registered expat voters were called to the polls in 717 lycées and consulates across the world. Voter turnout was low, at only 19.1%. But support for La République En Marche! (LRM), the freshly formed party of Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, was sky-high. LRM won ten of the 11 constituencies abroad.
The LRM candidate for North America and Canada, Roland Lescure, until recently the chief investment officer of a Canadian pension fund, handily beat Frédéric Lefebvre, the incumbent, who ran for the centre-right Republicans. Mr Lescure scored 57.5% of the vote (and even north of 60% in Chicago and the Midwest), compared with 14.5% for Mr Lefebvre. Alexandre Holroyd, a 30-year-old Londoner with a French mother and British father, who is the LRM candidate for Northern Europe, received 57.8%…Continue reading