It’s violence, above all, but also its lack of substance was undoubtedly the worst debate of the Fifth Republic. Nevertheless, doubtless due to the failure of two candidates, Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Melenchon, to qualify in the second round, while bringing together millions of voters who are now disappointed by the defeat of their champion, the debate Televised between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen was followed very closely.
As proof, the figures revealed by Mediametrie this Thursday morning: 15.1 million viewers followed their exchanges strained on the channels TF1 and France 2. In detail, 8.1 million people watched TF1 (32.2% audience share), compared with 7 million on France 2 (27.8%).
Meanwhile, it is already a good score if we refer to a comparable basis, namely the presidential elections of 2012 and 2007. Thus, on 2 May 2012, the debate between Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, then animated By Laurence Ferrari and David Pujadas, had seduced 17.79 million viewers. Five years earlier, on May 2, 2007, that between Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal, presented by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and Arlette Chabot, had attracted the attention of 20.46 million viewers. Heavy hearings, but far below the records of the debates of 1988 and 1981, which had attracted about 30 million people in front of their television sets. But it was, it is true, another period, when there were far fewer television channels,