French election: Could another political outsider be on the verge of winning a presidential election?
This weekend the two candidates favoured to go head-to-head in the final round of the French election will hold major campaign rallies in Lyon.
Emmanuel Macron is a 39-year-old former investment banker who has never run for public office. He launched his own centrist political movement En Marche! just last year.
Marine Le Pen is the president of the National Front, a far-right political party that is anti-immigration, anti-Islam and wants to renegotiate the terms of France’s membership of the EU. She assumed the leadership of the party from her father Jean-Marie in 2011.
You would normally expect a French presidential election to be a contest between the Republicans on the right and the Socialists on the left, but the rise of populism across Europe and a shock “January surprise” have combined to throw the 2017 race into unchartered territory.
A week ago the Republicans candidate Francois Fillon was the favourite to win, but then a scandal broke involving his British wife Penelope.
Mr Fillon’s office was raided by police after he was accused of giving his wife a fake job as a parliamentary assistant worth more than $1 million across a decade.
There have been similar claims levelled at payments made to two of his children. The former prime minister says he has not acted illegally, but he has been under pressure to resign his candidacy since the scandal broke.
The Socialists have also been in disarray. President Francois Hollande is so unpopular he decided not to seek re-election; his approval rating plummeted to an unprecedented 4 per cent in October.
The party’s new candidate Benoit Hamon is considered too left wing to be a real threat. While other political leaders want to scrap France’s much maligned 35-hour week, he wants to wind it back to 32 hours.
French presidential elections rely on what is known as a two-round system. If no candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes face a head-to-head contest a fortnight later.
The latest poll of first-round voting intentions published in Les Echos has Ms Le Pen ahead on 26-27 per cent, Mr Macron second on 22-23 per cent and Mr Fillon on 19-20 per cent.
He left to work as an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque. While at Rothschild, he closed a high-profile deal between Nestlé and Pfizer, which made him a millionaire.
Unlike many socialists, including Manuel Valls, Macron supports the open door policy enforced by Angela Merkel in Germany.
Macron is married to Brigitte Trogneux, who is 20 years older than him and was his former teacher in La Providence high school, Amiens.
a banker..and not just any banker..
“He left to work as an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.”
so heres the prediction..macron wins..stopping le pen..an establishment candidate will be back in the main box..this article is the evidence..and i bet he gets zero negative press..
En Marche! seeks to transcend traditional political boundaries to be a transpartisan organisation. Macron has described it as being a progressive organisation of both the left and the right.
yeah right..thats an oxymoron..