Monday, 24 April 2017

Marie le Pen win vote in French election

Macron, Le Pen lead in 1st round of French presidential elections – projection

23 April, 2017

Emmanuel Macron of the centrist En Marche! movement leads in the first round of the presidential elections in France, projections shows. Marine Le Pen of the National Front finished the tight race second.

Macron received 23.8 percent of the votes and Le Pen 21.6 percent, according to French research firm IFOP. Another global research company, IPSOS, says the two candidates received 23.7 and 21.7 percent of the votes, respectively.

However, according to a preliminary vote count, Marine Le Pen leads in the first round, with Macron second, Bloomberg reported, citing the French Interior Ministry.

Citing partial figures from the ministry, Reuters also reported that based on some 20 million votes counted, Le Pen leads the vote. The results do not include votes from France's largest cities, it dded.

Preliminary results of the presidential election in France

Data from the French Interior Ministry
Votes, percent
Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron
En Marche! (Forward!)
Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen
National Front
Francois Fillon
Francois Fillon
Jean-Luc Melenchon
Jean-Luc Melenchon
Unsubmissive France
Benoit Hamon
Benoit Hamon
Socialist Party
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
France Arise
Jean Lassalle
Jean Lassalle
Philippe Poutou
Philippe Poutou
New Anticapitalist Party
Francois Asselineau
Francois Asselineau
Popular Republican Union (UPR)
Nathalie Arthaud
Nathalie Arthaud
Worker's Struggle
Jacques Cheminade
Jacques Cheminade
Solidarity and Progress
Latest update 24.04.17 09:51

Francois Fillon of The Republicans and Jean-Luc Melenchon of La France Insoumise are also among the top four.

Left-wing socialist Melenchon has called for "restraint" over any preliminary results. Saying that he does not yet accept defeat, the candidate refused to validate any but the official results of the voting, which, he said, will be "respected."

After the full official results of the first round of voting are announced on Wednesday, April 26, at 5pm Paris time, the top two candidates will then proceed to a run-off vote on May 7.

The figures pretty much confirm previous estimates of who the top four contenders are in the race, out of a total of 11 candidates.

Benoit Hamon of the Socialist Party, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan of Debout la France, Nathalie Arthaud of Lutte Ouvriere, Philippe Poutou of the New Anticapitalist Party, Jacques Cheminade of Solidarity and Progress, Jean Lassalle of Resistons!, and Francois Asselineau of the Popular Republican Union also initially vied for moving into Elysee Palace.

: dans le Cantal, Emmanuel Macron termine en tête devant François Fillon

Should the line-up remain the same after official results are announced, it will mark the defeat of all the major parties in France. Based on the projections, it’s the first time that no major-party candidate will advance to the presidential runoff in modern French history, AP reports.

The French Interior Ministry has started to publish the first official results of the first round of voting, mainly from its overseas territories.


At his election day rally after polls closed, Macron expressed optimism for the second round of the presidential vote. Saying that he intends to become the leader of France in two weeks, Macron called on all the French people to unite and to "not forget these moments when you changed the fate of the country."

He also announced he was ready to create a coalition in the French parliament starting from Monday.

Speaking to the AFP news agency, Macron said together with his supporters he is "turning a page in French political history."

France's Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called on all democrats to vote for Macron in the second round.

Speaking at his campaign HQ following the voting, Les Republicains’ Francois Fillon called for a vote for Macron in the second round. Saying that "extremism can bring nothing but pain," in an apparent reference to Macron's main rival, the National Front's Le Pen, Fillon said he would not abstain while "an extremist" party is approaching power.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL) casts his ballot in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, France, April 23, 2017.© Eric Feferberg / Reuters

A former investment banker who served as economics minister in President Francois Hollande's Socialist government, Emmanuel Macron has been among the most favored to win the presidency.

Described as an independent centrist, the millionaire quit Hollande's party to form his own En Marche! (Onwards!) movement last year. 

The 39-year-old received an apparent call of support from former US President Barack Obama earlier this month, though Obama's spokesperson said he is "not making any formal endorsement" in the race.

Marcon is pro-European union, rallying for France to stay within the Schengen zone. He aims to cut corporate taxes, reduce public spending by €60 billion (US$64.3 billion), and cut 120,000 public sector jobs.

He has spoken of reforming labor laws and getting tougher on unemployment benefit recipients who have repeatedly turned down job offers.

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, celebrates after early results in the first round of 2017 French presidential election, in Henin-Beaumont, France, April 23, 2017 © Charles Platiau / Reuters

Reacting to the first unofficial results of the Sunday voting, French lawmaker Marion Marechal Le Pen, who is the niece of Marine Le Pen, called the election "a historic victory for patriots."

Speaking at her HQ, Marine Le Pen herself called the result of the Sunday voting "historic." Saying that she stands for France that "protects its values and its borders," Le Pen told her supporters it's time "for a great change" in the second round, and called on all "patriots" to come out in the interests of the French nation.

The leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen has become well known for speaking out against France's current position within the EU. Her views have prompted many to fear the country will follow in Britain's footsteps with a so-called “Frexit.”

Le Pen has, however, stated that she would first seek to revise France's terms with the EU, and would then ask for a referendum which would allow the people to decide whether they want to remain in the bloc. She says EU membership has stripped France of its autonomy, on topics including immigration, monetary, and fiscal policy.

The candidate has also hit out at mass immigration, Islamic fundamentalism and financial globalization.

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