Data Visualization French election

Published on May 10th, 2017 | by Matthew Beckwith


Illustrating the French Presidential Election Results

The New York Times has created a set of data visualizations illustrating the results of the French presidential election. The visualizations break down the voting results and turnout percentage by department (France is divided into administrative regions and these regions are divided into departments) and contextualize the results with commentary on departmental demographics and economic trends. While Emmanuel Macron won by a nearly two-to-one margin, the results were not evenly distributed across each region and demographic of France. A side-by-side visualization comparing regional unemployment with support for right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen shows that her message resonated powerfully in the regions of France suffering from high unemployment and low wages.

Take a look.

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Matthew Beckwith

Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.

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