The election of the President of France has begun, the favorites for the second round are Macron and Le Pen

Updates: 10.04.2022 08:37

Paris – The presidential election began in France this morning, in which Emmanuel Macron is defending the post of head of state. Opinion polls suggest that decisions will be made again in the second round. In it, as in five years ago, the current president seems to be fighting with far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Voting in mainland France began at 08:00 CEST. In the evening, the polling station will close by 20:00, then preliminary results will begin to arrive. In some overseas territories of France, voting has already taken place on Saturday.

12 candidates are running for the favor of voters. As many as 48.7 million French people with the right to vote can choose between them, but there was considerable uncertainty about their participation due to the high proportion of undecided voters.

Surveys have long put Macron in the position of a clear favorite of the first and second rounds, but this has not been the case since last week. The head of state essentially omitted the traditional campaign and did not engage in television debates with rivals, for example, while prioritizing diplomatic efforts over the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But analysts say analysts are worried about rising living costs, a topic Le Pen has been emphasizing for weeks.

Support from the far-right politician jumped to about 23 percent in recent polls, while Macron fell to 26 percent after some strengthening from the first days of the war. If the pair did not pass the second round, it would be a big surprise, as the third, left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, lagged behind Le Pen by more than five percentage points.

Five years ago in the first round, Macron won with 24 percent of the vote, and the second, Le Pen, won 21.3 percent.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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