how the migration difficulty weighed on the French vote | EUROtoday

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Migrants recovered at sea while trying to cross the English Channel from France, in Dover, England, June 12, 2024.

By supporting the National Rally (RN), which campaigned on the idea of “double border”, the promise of “systematic refoulement” migrant boats, the outsourcing of asylum processing and even on the concept that France is a “social counter” for foreigners, did French voters above all point out their rejection of immigration? Nearly half of them (43%) declared that immigration had been a figuring out topic of their vote within the European elections, Sunday June 9, the place the RN capitalized 31.4% of the votes. This is what emerges from an Ipsos ballot carried out on the exit of the polls. Among the sixteen topics proposed to respondents, immigration due to this fact is available in second place, behind buying energy (45%) and forward of environmental safety (27%). “There is a significant difference with the 2019 European election, when purchasing power (38%), the environment (38%), France's place in the world (32%) and immigration ( 32%) were almost at the same level”underlines Ipsos.

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Among right-wing and far-right voters, the burden of the “immigration” topic is even stronger: it’s talked about by 79% (first place) of Jordan Bardella voters and by 57% (additionally first place) of voters of François-Xavier Bellamy, however solely amongst 13% of voters on the Socialist Party-Public Square listing, of Raphaël Glucksmann. “Voters from the right to the far right have an anti-immigration stance, while the subject is minor among voters on the left”notes Emmanuel Rivière, political scientist and affiliate director of the Grand Public company.

This hostile posture in direction of immigration was all of the extra expressed on June 9 as the topic is taken into account a European difficulty, much more than a nationwide difficulty. The spring Eurobarometer research illustrates this. To the query “What are the two most important problems facing the European Union?” », and from an inventory of fifteen selections, 19% of French folks answered immigration, behind the conflict in Ukraine (30%) and the price of dwelling (23%).

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The development of the RN vote within the territory additionally demonstrates the success of the far-right celebration's normalization technique amongst a broader phase of voters. “Today, xenophobia is turning into a respectable driver of voting amongst some who, earlier than, didn’t vote on this topichelps Vincent Tiberj, sociologist and political scientist, college professor at Science Po Bordeaux. It is the results of a protracted course of, which appeared within the Eighties with the National Front, and which has grown over time. With the presidential marketing campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy and his election, immigration and Islam enter the sphere of respectable debates. Since the 2010s, we have now additionally noticed the institution of a whole ecosystem which conveys an anti-immigrant discourse, in sure media and amongst sure intellectuals. »

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