Macron and LePen organize a revenge meeting at the 2nd French presidential election – MercoPress
Macron and LePen organize a revenge meeting at the 2nd French presidential election
After Sunday’s first round, France is eyeing a rematch of the presidential run-off from five years ago. The outgoing Emmanuel Macron, winner on this occasion and also out first this weekend, will once again face the far right Marine Le Pen on April 24.
With Macron somewhat exhausted after 5 years in power, analysts predict a much tighter fight this time around than in 2017.
With some polling stations still to be counted, Macron got around 28.5% of the vote in the first round while LePen got around 23%. As the top two, they will move on to second.
Although he entered the campaign late and held only one rally, Macron did slightly better than expected and won the immediate support of most of his defeated rivals before the second round. “Make no mistake: nothing is decided,” Macron told his supporters. “The debate we are going to have in the next fortnight will be decisive for our country and for Europe.”
“When the extreme right in its various forms is so strong in our country, we cannot say that things are going well,” he added.
Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon came third, with a projected score of around 21%, while France’s traditional parties (Socialists and Republicans) were on course for humiliating defeats and historically low scores.
A survey by the Ifop-Fiducial group suggested Macron had a slim margin of victory of 51% to 49% in the second round, but other polls showed Macron would win 53% to 47%
Tipped to become France’s first female president, Le Pen increased her tally in the first round from 2017 and she is expected to garner the votes cast for her far-right rival Eric Zemmour, an anti-Islam newcomer who was expected to win around 7% of the votes on Sunday.
Le Pen said the second round would present “a fundamental choice between two visions”, with Macron representing “division, injustice and disorder”. LePen also said she would push for reforms within the European Union if she wins. She also said she wanted to withdraw from the joint military command of the US-led NATO military alliance.
On the other hand, Macron said he wanted “a France which places itself in a strong Europe, which continues to unite with the democracies of the world to defend itself, not a France which, once outside Europe, would only have the international alliance of populists and xenophobes as allies. It’s not us.
Both candidates are due to participate in a live televised debate on April 20.
Among the other candidates, Sunday’s vote was a humiliation for the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, who was expected to win 1.8-2.0%, a historic low for the party that held the presidency. just five years ago, while the right-wing Republicans, led by candidate Valérie Pécresse, also slumped to around 4.3-5% from 20% in 2017. Greens candidate Yannick Jadot was also disappointed with a projected score below 5.0%.