Paris – Current Emmanuel Macron will face far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, in a win-win-all-race for the French presidency, after the two of them advanced to the first round of voting on Sunday, to set up another face-off in the country’s election. Conflict of their sharp opposite views for France.
Polling agency predictions and a partial official vote showed that France had reunited by becoming the nation’s youngest president in the 2017 run – off – but this time there was no guarantee the result would be the same.
Addressing his supporters, who chanted “five more years”, Macron warned that “nothing has been done” and that the next two weeks’ campaign for the April 24 second round of voting will be “decisive for our country and Europe.”
Le Pen said he would link France to “populists and racists” and said “it’s not us.”
“I want to reach out to everyone who wants to work in France,” he said. He vowed that “we will implement the plan for the advancement of French and European transparency and independence that we have advocated.”
The election results will have broad international influence as Europe struggles to contain the fall of Russian President Vladimir Putin.. Macron has strongly supported EU sanctions on Russia, while Le Pen is concerned about their impact on French living standards. Macron is a staunch supporter of NATO and a close ally of the 27 members of the European Union.
With two-thirds of the vote counted, Macron and Le Pen left hardline left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mெlenchon and exited the third-place two-candidate ballot.
Macron, a 44-year-old political centurion, won by a huge margin of votes five years ago, but he is preparing for a much tougher second round against his 53-year-old political opponent. If elected the country’s first female president – both domestically and internationally – Le Pen promises seismic change for France.
Macron has been in a gamble for months to win his second term as France’s first president in 20 years. But Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally, in a belated uprising, struck the primary issue in the minds of many French voters: rising food, gas and heating costs as a result of rising inflation and Western sanctions on Russia.
Poll agency predictions put both Macron and Le Pen in the process of improving their first-round views from 2017, which illustrates how French politics is increasingly polarized. Macron was expected to get a substantial 28% support in the first round, more than Le Pen’s predicted 23% -24% vote. Mலlenchon received about 20% support.
Both Macron and Le Pen now need to win the second round of votes in favor of the 10 presidential candidates who were defeated on Sunday.
Le Pen seemed to be targeting Meligone’s left-wing supporters in particular with his promises of “social justice” and “a divided France.”
“The French people honored me by qualifying me for the second round,” Le Pen said. His supporters celebrated with champagne and shouted “We will win!” His speech was interrupted with the slogans.
Nonetheless, some of his defeated rivals, terrified by the possibility of defeating Le Pen Macron, urged their supporters on Sunday to shift their second-round vote to the current post. Mலlenchon repeatedly told tearful supporters at times: “We should not give Ms. Le Pen a vote.”
Describing himself as “deeply concerned”, the defeated Conservative candidate, Valerie Beckress, warned that “confusion would ensue” if Le Pen was elected. Beckress said he would vote for Macron in the second election.
A few percentage points could split familiar opponents in the second round, pollsters say. The run-off campaign will be more confrontational than a round-up largely obscured by the war in Ukraine.
After dropping his blue ballot in the northern city of Henin-Beaumont, Le Pen said, “Given the situation in the country and around the world, the election results will determine not only the next five years, but probably next year as well.” 50 years in France “
In the 27-member European Union, France is the only country to have a nuclear arsenal and a UN. The Security Council has veto power.
To defeat Le Pen in the run-up, Macron will have to show himself to be less serious, despite his many years of renaming efforts. Macron has accused Le Pen of presenting an extremist statement of racist and destructive policies. Le Pen wants to take back some of the rights of Muslims, banning them from wearing the hijab in public and drastically reducing immigration from outside Europe.
His gentle appearance won over some voters, but made others more skeptical.
Yves Maillot, a retired engineer, said he only voted for Macron to balance Le Pen. He said he feared that even if he removed his long-standing hostility to the EU from his election manifesto, he could still see France trying to oust him from the camp.
“I think she hasn’t changed,” he said. “Same thing, but with cats.”