Issue Brief on “French Election: Honour is saved!”

So far, the dark political forces, whose racist and authoritarian roots lie in the 20th century Europe, are neutralized by the results of first round of elections in France on April 23, 2017. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will go head to head in the French presidential runoff on May 7, 2017. In these most extraordinary elections with almost as many firsts as candidates, Macron won the first round. He secured 24.01 per cent votes in the most unpredictable elections of France on April 23, 2017. Front National leader Le Pen got 21.3%. Conservative Francois Fillon collected 20.01% of votes, and far-left maverick Jean-Luc Melenchon 19.56%.

When Pollsters Ifop asked voters who they would opt for in the second round from amongst Macron and Le Pen, using the actual first-round votes cast, this would imply a second-round result as Macron 60.93 %, Le Pen 39.07%. Macron is likely to inherit 43% of Fillon’s voters, 70% of Hamon’s voters and 50% of Mélenchon’s voters. On the other hand, Le Pen is expected to inherit 31% of Fillon’s voters, 3% of Hamon’s voter’s and12% of Mélenchon’s voters.[1]

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