Presidential showdown in France between Macron and Le Pen
By: Martin Hunter, Xiro Xone News April 24, 2017 Updated: 2:01 AM
Far Right National Front Candidate Marine Le Pen and Centrist Candidate Emmanuel Macron, final push to become President of France started after they advanced, to the second round of voting.
In the highly anticipated Presidential race in France, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Marcon have emerged as the two candidates who will move to the final round, of the Presidential election.
Voter turnout was seventy-six percent in the city of lights with Emmanuel Macron receiving 23.9% and Marine Le Pen 21.4%.
Popular candidate Francois Fillon, who was considered the most qualified, was plagued by scandal in the final few months of the campaign, causing him to come in third with, 19.9% of the vote and prompting him to immediately concede the race, and throw his support behind Macron.
For the first time in modern day France, a sitting president did not seek re-election and, there was no mainstream conservative or liberal candidate in the race.
Macron, who worked for former President Francois Hollande, is somewhere between a liberal and conservative. Macron describes himself as a candidate for the people of France, and has said he will leave the labels up to, “the pundits.”
Some voters voiced a bit of skepticism for Macron, by saying, “He attended an elite university, he was an investment banker, was the economic minister under Hollande, he’s pro-Europe and Pro-business and will not tell voters his policy for France.”
Some voters speaking on camera said, “We will vote for him while holding our noses.”
At age 39, Macron will be the youngest French President in the modern era. When the first round results were announced, the global markets rallied, because Macron is seen as the candidate wanted by, Germany and Brussels,
A number of voters openly said, “I will not vote for Le Pen, she’s racist and anti-Semitic, she will destroy France.”
Marine Le Pen came close to winning the last election when she advanced to the second round but lost to Hollande. Over the years Le Pen tried to clean up the public image of the National Front party so they would gain more seats. She expelled her father who is a well-known racist and anti-Semite and rejected publicly vocal racist groups.
Although the National Front party gained more seats once Le Pen cleaned house, she is still seen as racist, anti-immigrant, anti-European Union and dangerous for France.
She has been compared to Donald Trump and went to visit him at Trump Tower after the election, according to France24. Like Trump, Le Pen received positive words of support from Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Other candidates such as Melenchon and Hamon asks their supporters to help elect Emmanuel Macron.
The final round for the selection of the President of France will be, May 7, 2017.