French President Emmanuel Macron has won his re-election bid, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Charlotte Cavaillé, assistant professor of public policy, provided some insight into the election.
"So there are two reasons (turnout was low). One is the left is not on the ballot and when the left is not on the ballot there's a whole political family missing, so of course, few people turn out," Cavaillé said. "And the other feature is this just less fear of the far-right winning. The cost of seeing the far-right winning, even if you don't support the far-right, is perceived to be lower."