Source: News Bharati English21 Apr 2017 16:26:37

Paris, April 21: The French presidential elections are around the corner and a nail-biting terrorist attack takes place last night in Champs-Élysées market area. The attack in anyway doesn’t slow down the election campaign of any Presidential candidates. The city is being hit hard but has promised to get normalized soon. The election dates in France have been announced to take place on April 23 and May 7.
The French presidential election has turn out to be a tough competition between 4 out of 11 candidates this time. The winning streak is intensifying heavily between National Front’s Marine Le Pen and the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. Both the opponents show a very clear idea of what they want to achieve when they rule as the President of France.

The results of the first round of elections will be declared on the same day at 8 PM.

A candidate needs to achieve 50% more votes than their opponents to clear the first round of elections.

The 4 leading candidates in the French presidential elections race:

1. Marine Le Pen: The 48-year old is gaining popularity amongst the French conservatism.  She has promised to bring France in the top leading countries again. Pen has also declared to take France out of the EU after Britain, to save from globalisation. She has vowed to “return power to the people” and wants to end the ‘hassle of Islam’. Pen is considered to be a strong contender and a violent one as she puts forward her ‘nationalist’ image in front of the masses. It would also put the existing race relations and Muslims in France under additional duress.

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2. Emmanuel Macron: A strong opponent of Le Pen is Macron. The 38-year old Presidential candidate is a technocrat and foresees to improve the business model of France.  Macron has an electrifying support among the Parisian elites and young people with his youthful optimism. He continues to preach neo-liberal policies.

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3. Francois Fillon: The 63-year old conservative Republican candidate has a radical viewpoint. He believes that France is filled with refugees which need to get out. He enthralls rural and Catholic right population but until recently, he has sparked off a few allegations onto himself. Allegations have it that his wife and children had been paid 900,000 Euros from government money for make-believe official work that they did not do. The damage has already been done and Fillon falls behind in the race.

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4. Jue-Luc Melenchon: The 65 year old leader is a leftist and an excellent orator. He sparked to popularity with his YouTube channel and two television debates that he spoke in. His economic policies include raising the minimum wage and social security benefits, reducing the working week and lowering the retirement age. He also supports closer ties with Russia and a NATO exit for France. As an extreme leftist, his viewpoints stand totally opposite of Le Pen; he said at a rally that French people should pay their respect to the refugees who have lost their loved ones.

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