Benoit Hamon

The Daily Update - French election update

The initial round of the French Presidential election on 23 April is rapidly approaching and it is increasingly looking like it will be a nail-biter right until the final run-off between the two leading candidates on May 7.  Polls suggest the contest still remains open between four candidates: According to the Kantar Sofres poll at the start of the week Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen lead with 24 percent of the vote and are followed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon who has been gaining ground with 18 percent of the vote.  He is now ahead of François Fillon with 17 percent of the vote; plus Fillon continues to fight yet more allegations that he put his wife on the payroll 4 years earlier than he had claimed.

The Daily Update - French Presidential election

The French presidential election is shaping up to be a bit of an odyssey with all manner of surprises and it is yet to even get to the first round of voting. A week or so ago Emmanuel Macron looked like having the best chance at facing Marine Le Pen in the second round run-off in May after François Fillon’s polling took a hit from the Penelope-gate scandal. Then, there was the story that the left candidates Benoît Hamon and Jean-Luc Mélenchon were exploring an alliance with a single candidate to represent the left but this failed leaving both facing the prospect of elimination in the first round based on their current polling-scores. But in politics a lot can change in a week.

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