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Coercive Policies and Some Reactions to the Coercion in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic: update

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Since votes at Hungary Parliament Elections and 1st Round of Presidential elections in France have been counted, the paper “Coercive Policies and Some Reactions to the Coercion in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic” (supplementary to our “COVID-19 Library. Filling the Gaps“) has been updated.
1st Round of Presidential elections gives the best opportunity to observe the current ideological preferences of the citizens of France. There is quite a significant number of politicians are registered every time to run, representing all significant positions from across the political spectrum.

In the 2nd Round, acting president – the promoter of lockdowns & compulsory vaccination M.E. Macron has faced the candidate with a dissenting opinion, endorsed by E.Zemmour and Dupont-Aignan (among the 1st Round candidates – 9.2% combined). M.E. Macron won endorsements of traditional parties (Republican and Socialists’ candidates; the Green party candidate also endorsed Macron, 11.1% combined), while 3rd leader Mélenchon has called to vote against Le Pen.
Macron won the support of 58.54% of voters in the 2nd Round of Elections, M. Le Pen 41.46% (66.1 : 33.9 respectively in the 2nd round of 2017 Elections ). So, it is clear, that a sizeable share of Mélenchons’ 1st round voters had voted for Le Pen in the 2nd Round. One cannot say for sure, how many of them voted against their favorite candidate’s recommendation because COVID-19 policies were an issue of crucial importance. The speculation on the share of staunch opponents of coercive policies in France is well above 5% and, maybe even making up to 10% looks quite reasonable.

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