With many French politicians preferring that it remain part of France, Macron’s handling of the referendum process and its outcome remains to be seen.
A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism somehow during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
A poll suggested that some 52% of the far-left Melenchon supporters would back Macron in the run-off, 36% would abstain and only 12% would vote for Le Pen.
After a historic battle, we now know that one of two people will be the next president of France.
Post the first round, France will decide between far-right candidate Le Len and centrist Macron in the second round of elections on May 7.
If Emmanuel Macron wins the French presidency, as polls predict, it could open the door to more ambitious reforms of the French economy and an elusive compromise with Germany on overhauling the troubled euro zone.
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as France votes on Sunday here is a timeline of the main events that have seen veteran politicians drop out of the election race one after the other.
The outcome will be anxiously monitored around the world as a sign of whether the populist tide that saw the Brexit and Trump’s election is still rising.
With candidates from the extreme right and the socialist left in the fray, there are no clear indications who has the edge
Far-right candidate Le Pen’s hardline stance on security and immigration my resonate with voters after the attack on Champs-Elysees by ISIS.
The killing of a policeman by a suspected ISIS militant pushed national security to the top of French political agenda, with leading candidates clashing over how to keep citizens safe two days before the presidential election.
Europe has had a number of important elections over the past year, but for the EU none is as significant – or as potentially grave – as France’s upcoming presidential election.
Previously part of Hollande’s camp, Macron has built a party machine from scratch and is a favourite to win France’s presidential election this spring.
Le Pen lost more ground to Macron even as the race to the runoff heated up with Melenchon and Fillon continuing to close the gap, nearing the other two.
The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in decades.
With millions of French voters still undecided or planning to abstain, the vote is the most unpredictable in France in decades.
As France heads to the polls ton April 23, citizens seem more confused than ever about just what is “left” and what is “right”.
While analysts say that Le Pen will not win, Jean-Luc Melenchon’s rise, a hardcore leftist who will pull France out of EU and NATO, has investors alarmed.
Both Le Pen and Macron’s support dipped by half a point from Tuesday while conservative Francois Fillon was stable on 19% and Melenchon unchanged on 18.5%.
Fillon, a 63-year-old conservative prime minister denies any wrongdoing. Le Pen defended herself by saying she was the victim of “political persecution.”
A government under Marine Le Pen’s presidency plans to take France out of the euro zone and bring back a national currency.
British-born Penelope Fillon will be investigated on suspicion of complicity in misappropriating public funds and several related offences, a judicial source said.
Le Pen, who leads the anti-European Union, anti-immigration National Front, faced strong criticism of her policies on Thursday from International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, a former French economy minister.
Francois Fillon’s presidential campaign seems to be back on track but the reluctance of allies shows the difficulties in rallying his camp behind him.
“The Republicans are united around Francois Fillon,” Senate leader Gerard Larcher told reporters, after telling fellow party officials behind closed doors: “The debate is over”.
France’s conservatives appeared to be at war with themselves less than 50 days from the presidential election as Francois Fillon clung on to his struggling, scandal-tainted campaign and senior party members fought to oust him as their candidate.
After a string of resignations among advisers and backers, the 63-year old former conservative prime minister is banking on a rally of supporters in Paris on Sunday to show his detractors that he remains their best hope to win the presidency.
2017 could be the year of the far-right in Europe, and spell the end of the EU.
Harris Interactive said that a poll of voting intentions for the first round indicated that Le Pen would get 24%, with Macron taking 21% of the votes.
The centre-right candidate’s camp has called the fake work scandal a left-wing conspiracy, declaring, “Enough is enough”.
Opinion polls see the French leader topping the first round of the presidential election on April 23 but then losing the May 7 run-off to a mainstream candidate.
Socialist rebel Benoit Hamon and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls are in the fray to become the Left’s nominees for the presidential election that is scheduled for spring.
“I want to fight, in this campaign, against the right,” Valls said. “With its old recipes from the ’80s, it is proposing social regression.”
The surprise announcement marks the first time since France’s fifth Republic was created in 1958 that an incumbent president has not sought a second mandate.
The German foreign minister said “lip service” isn’t enough to achieve lasting peace after four-way talks on the separatist conflict in Ukraine ended.
According to an opinion poll, Francois Fillon would beat Marine Le Pen in the presidential election’s second round with 67% of the votes.
Former French prime minister Alain Juppe sought to regain momentum for the presidential nomination, accusing his rival Francois Fillon of pushing a “brutal” economic programme.
Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections have put into question the accuracy of surveys predicting French polls.
France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was spectacularly thrown out of the race for the French presidency and talked of possible withdrawal from politics.