French Elections

French presidential elections :

On the 7th of May 2017, Emmanuel Macron became the new president of France. The French presidential election was held on 23rd of April and the 7th of May 2017. As no candidate won a majority in the first round on the 23rd of April, a runoff was held between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of “En Marche!” and Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN), which Macron won by a decisive margin of 66% versus 33%.

In the first round, Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Mélenchon followed Macron and Le Pen with 20,01% and 19,58%. During the elections, polls tightened considerably between Fillon and Le Pen, but after a publication revealed that Fillon possibly stole money from the state to pay some of his family members which came to be known as “Penelopegate” or the Affaire Fillon, Macron overtook Fillon.

Macron created his own party in 2016 called “En Marche”. He considers his party to be a progressive movement, uniting both the left and the right. Le Pen is a candidate of the National Front.

-By Namir S.

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