Presidential election campaigning to resume in France

Campaigning begins today for the second round of France’s presidential election. The French presidential election will culminate in an April

France Presidential Election

France Presidential Election Photo: Times of Malta

Campaigning begins today for the second round of France’s presidential election.

The French presidential election will culminate in an April 24 run-off where voters will choose between incumbent President Emmanuel Macron of the liberal-center La Republique En Marche (LEM) party and Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally Party (RN).

Participation in the first round was estimated at 73.3%, the lowest in 20 years, and far-right and far-left candidates received 52.3% of the vote. On Wednesday, Macron warned against Le Pen’s far-right policy positions, in particular her proposal for a national referendum on drastically limiting immigration. The day after, Le Pen stated her support for a referendum on reintroducing the death penalty and threatened to dismantle the country’s wind turbines.

Expect a close vote on election day, with far-left voters determining the winner. Should Macron win, his policies will likely resemble his first term’s, with an emphasis on domestic, pro-business policies such as tax cuts and pension system reforms. If Le Pen wins, she will likely adopt and implement expansive, far-right proposals such as those previously mentioned, with the possibility of legislative gridlock should RN fail to gain a majority in France’s National Assembly after elections in June.

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