A new survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority France’s Muslim community voted for incumbent candidate Emmanuel Macron in Sunday’s presidential run-off against Marine Le Pen, lending credence to the notion that left-liberals and those of the Islamic faith are politically allied with one another.
The survey, carried out by the international polling firm the Institut Français d’Opinion Public (IFOP) for La Croix and Pélerin Magazine, examined voting patterns of different religious electorates and revealed that 85 percent of France’s Muslim voters opted for Macron—the former banker turned globalist politician—in the second round of the country’s presidential elections, BMFTV reports.
France’s Muslim population, which according to IFOP numbers between three and four million, is undoubtedly among the most formidable—and easily mobilized—voting blocs within the country.
Although the Muslim bloc overwhelmingly voted for the hard left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round, at 69%, leaders of influential Islamic institutions like the Grand Mosque of Paris (GMP), the Rally of Muslims of France (RMF), and Muslims of France, an organization that’s widely regarded to represent the militant Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, all urged their followers to back incumbent Macron in the run-off.
“The Muslim vote was very homogeneous,” IFOP’s director Jérôme Fourquet said while emphasizing that the Catholic vote was “marked by a wide diversity,” noting that that survey revealed 55% of non-practicing Catholics cast their votes for Macron, down from 62% in the previous election.
Marine Le Pen, on the other hand, garnered 45% of the non-practicing Catholic vote. Among Catholics who are more intimately involved in the Church, 42% cast their votes for Le Pen, while 48% backed Macron. Among French Protestants, 65% supported the incumbent candidate.
In light of the figures revealed in this IFOP survey, it’s not especially difficult to understand why left-liberal politicians like Macron continue to push for sustained mass migration from Muslim-majority countries, as it reliably expands their voting base. According to some like former Rassemblement National MEP Nicolas Bay, who now is a leading figure in Éric Zemmour’s newly formed Reconquête party, nearly 2 million Middle Eastern and North African migrants settled in France during Macron’s first presidential term.
Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. His work has been featured in various English-language news outlets in Europe and the Americas. He has an educational background in biological and medical science. His Twitter handle is @R_Semonsen.