Second Term For Macron? French President Leading in Presidential Elections

| Updated: 11 April, 2022 4:33 pm IST

NEW DELHI: President Emmanuel Macron of France beat his electoral rival Marine Le Pen by a big margin on Sunday, the French Interior Ministry said.

France went to the polls for the first round on Sunday. In this election, 12 contestants are vying for the presidential post. Eric Zemmour ex-journalist and acclaimed author, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan of Rise Up France party, Valerie Pecresse, Yannick Jadot, Philippe Poutou, Fabien Roussel -of the French Communist Party, Jean-Luc Melenchon and Jean Lassalle are among the contestants.

According to the French Interior Ministry, the incumbent President Macron received 27.6 percent vote in the first round of election held on Sunday. According to the Interior Ministry, his main rival drew 23.41 percent of total votes casted.

How the French Decide

The French voters elect the President directly through a presidential election every five years. The elections are held using paper ballots and counted by hand. This year, the French authority has allowed the COVID-19 patients to go to the polls under special guidelines. If any of the twelve contestants fail to form an absolute majority, the top two candidates will qualify for another runoff election on April 24. Energy and food prices are a big agenda in this election for every candidate.

Manifestos of Two Major Rivals

44 year-old Macron assumed the Presidency and is known for his neither left nor right stance. Macron has attempted to attract foreign investment to France and claimed success to employ youths. The President who is seeking a second term has expanded the Talent visa initiative. He has proposed giving long-term residency cards upto 10 years to the French citizens who have qualified a french exam and hold a job. He also proposed reforming the Schengen zone to make it harder to get into Europe and reinforce the French border force. Besides, Macron underscored reforming the asylum process.

Centraist candidate Macron’s electoral rival Le Pen, belonging to the far right group, has emphasised on immigration, cost-of-living crisis, and lowering the taxes on fuel and energy. The 53 year-old candidate who is contesting for the third time has vowed to ban the headscarf of Muslims in all public places. She also proposed pulling out of NATO’s joint military command. Le Pen Member of Parliament from the Pas-de-Calais, in north-east France. She lost to Marcron in the last presidential elections.

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