Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

  • Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

He gained 24 percent of the vote to 21.3 percent for Ms. Le Pen, while another far-left upstart and former Socialist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon pulled in 19.6 percent, almost as much as the conservative Republican Party leader Francois Fillon, who said on Sunday he would ask his supporters to vote for Mr. Macron.

A look at regional voting differences showed that Ms. Le Pen's strength lies mainly along the Mediterranean coast, the part of France most heavily affected by immigration from Africa and the Middle East, while Mr. Macron's strength came in Paris and the north.

Monday's move appears to be a way for Le Pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the May 7 runoff between herself and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came in first in Sunday's first round.

Le Pen finished just two points behind Macron on Sunday while earning her political party the most votes it's ever gotten.

Fillon and fifth-placed Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon have both rallied behind Macron.

Now we wait for the May 7, 2017 French Presidential Election runoff.

Opinion polls indicate that the business-friendly Macron, who has never held elected office, will take at least 61 percent of the vote against Le Pen after two defeated rivals pledged to back him to thwart her eurosceptic, anti-immigrant platform.

Sabrine, Adewele, and Charlene, are student interns at an insurance company in central Paris.

Le Pen, 48, has also touted her pledges to suspend the EU's open-border agreement on France's frontiers, and to expel foreigners who are on the watch lists of intelligence services, as the right response to a series of Islamist attacks in France.

Addressing thousands of flag-waving supporters in Paris on Sunday evening, Macron said he aimed to unite "patriots" against "the threat of nationalists".

Sunday's results were a stunning blow to France's traditional political class, with voters fleeing the ruling Socialists and conservative Republicans who have governed for the past half-century.

"I plan to leave France if she becomes the next president", said Sabrine, adding: "I don't want my six-month old daughter growing up with Le Pen on her case".

Even France's current president, Francois Hollande, said a Le Pen victory would put the country in danger. Melenchon said before the first round that he would not be endorsing any candidate, and has stuck to that.

Baroin, 51 and a rising star within The Republicans, said in an interview on CNews television; "I will be available to. head the government according to the will of the French people".

Le Pen needs to avoid a repetition of 2002, when her father, FN founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, surprisingly made the second round, but was then humiliated by right-wing president Jacques Chirac as mainstream parties united to block a party they considered racist and anti-Semitic.

The odds are thankfully against her success, but she can be counted on to make the outcome a real fight.

"Marine Le Pen can not win because she's a woman".