French Presidential Election – Macron, Le Pen Go Through To Final Round

Posted on Mon 04/24/2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

National Front leader Marine Le Pen goes through to the final run-off for the presidency of France – but came second in yesterday’s election to young centrist Emmanuel Macron, the former  socialist and banker.

That confirms she will lose in the run-off – not just because she came second but because Macron isn’t loopy Left, and so will now get most of the supporters who backed others in the race, almost all the Melenchon supporters and a good chunk of Fillon’s.

French Presidential Candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.

The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate.

Mr Macron leads with 23.7% in first round voting while Ms Le Pen won 21.7%, an Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll suggests.

Opinion polls in the run-up to the ballot consistently saw Mr Macron defeating his rival in the run-off.

The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Indeed, both establishment parties have already swung behind Macron:

Admitting defeat, François Fillon, whose campaign was rocked by corruption allegations, said there was “no other choice” but to vote for Mr Macron.

Projections give him around 19% of the vote, the same as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has so far only said he and his team do not “acknowledge the result on the basis of polls”.

Benoit Hamon, the candidate of President Hollande’s Socialist party said “I encourage everyone to fight as hard as they can to fight the extreme right, and to fight for Macron”.

He endured a difficult night, forecast to win just 6%.


Unusual man, and unusual socialist:

Brigitte Trogneux and Emmanuel Macron

In politics as well as his personal life, Macron has also broken traditions. The theatre lover from a middle-class family in northeast France fell in love with his secondary school drama teacher, Brigitte Trogneux, in a story that captivated the French media.

Trogneux, a mother of three children 25 years older than him, went on to divorce her husband and marry the young prodigy in 2007.

“At the age of 17, Emmanuel said to me: ‘Whatever you do, I will marry you!’,” Trogneux told Paris Match magazine last April.

Some have found the relationship difficult to believe despite numerous appearances together in glossy magazines, forcing Macron to repeatedly laugh off rumours he is gay.

While at ease among ordinary voters and charismatic, Macron has been accused of being condescending in the past, whether referring to “illiterate” abattoir workers, “alcoholic” laid-off workers or the “poor people” who travel on buses.

In an infamous exchange, when confronted by a protester in a T-shirt in May last year, he lost his cool, saying: “The best way to buy yourself a suit is to work.”

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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