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UK News France goes to the polls as Macron faces strong challenge from Le Pen

21:55  10 april  2022
21:55  10 april  2022 Source:   msn.com

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French voters streamed to polling stations on Sunday for the first round of a tense contest for the presidency, with incumbent Emmanuel Macron’s hopes of re-election clouded by a strong challenge from the far right’s Marine Le Pen.

Macron, a centrist, is asking France’s 48 million voters for a second five-year term. But he was up against 11 other candidates and widespread voter anger and apathy.

Le Pen, in particular, has tapped into the foremost issue on many voters’ minds: living costs that have soared amid the disruptions of war in Ukraine and the economic repercussions of western sanctions on Russia.

A four days of the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen challenges

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With its potential to reshape France’s post-war identity, especially if Le Pen wins, the election has wide international significance.

French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot Le Touquet (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool) © Provided by PA Media French President Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot Le Touquet (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

A Macron victory would be seen as a defeat for European populists. It might also not be cheered in the Kremlin: Macron has strongly backed sanctions on Russia, while Le Pen has worried publicly about their impact on French living standards.

Le Pen gave a little wink on Sunday as she dropped the blue envelope containing her choice into a ballot box in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont. Afterward, she said “given the situation in the country and in the world”, Sunday’s election outcome could determine “not only the next five years, but probably the next 50 years” in France.

in Ile-de-France, Mélenchon in mind in front of Macron, Hidalgo at the lowest, including Paris

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In the 27-member European Union, only France has a nuclear arsenal and a UN Security Council veto. As Russian president Vladimir Putin keeps up his military’s assault on Ukraine, French power is helping to shape the European response.

Macron is the only leading presidential candidate who fully supports the Nato military alliance.

The top two vote-getters in Sunday’s election advance to a decisive runoff on April 24 — unless one candidate gets more than half of the nationwide vote on Sunday, which has never happened in France.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen casts her ballot at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by PA Media French far-right leader Marine Le Pen casts her ballot at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Macron and his wife, Brigitte, voted together in the seaside resort of Le Touquet, making their choices in voting booths with curtains of blue, white and red — the colours of the French flag.

France operates a low-tech voting system, unchanged for generations, with paper ballots cast in person and hand-counted.

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Polls on Sunday close at 7pm (6pm UK time) in most places and an hour later in some larger cities. By mid-afternoon, just shy of two-thirds of the electorate had cast ballots, with some voters turning their civic duty into a family outing, bringing along children and dogs.

Among the big unknowns was whether hard-left firebrand, Jean-Luc Melenchon, one of half a dozen candidates on the left, would upset the expected scenario of a Macron against Le Pen run-off. Polls suggested Melenchon might fall short, coming in third place.

Macron for months looked like a shoe-in to become France’s first president in 20 years to win a second term. But Le Pen ate into his polling lead in the campaign’s closing stages, as the pain of rising gas, food and energy prices became a dominant election theme for many low-income households.

In 2017, Macron trounced Le Pen by a landslide to become France’s youngest modern president. The win for the former banker, now 44, was seen as a victory against populist, nationalist politics, coming in the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the White House and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, both in 2016.

On the lands of Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron is ready to influence his project on pensions

 On the lands of Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron is ready to influence his project on pensions © Copyright 2022, Obs behind the red brick facades, one of the poorest cities in France. In Denain, former Northern Cité, still wearing the stigma of deindustrialization, the far-right has long done its bed. Here, on April 21, 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen who had arrived at the top of the first round of the presidential election, gathered at the time just over 23% of the votes. Twenty years later, his daughter, marine, has also been plebiscispitous, and much more: 41.67% of the inhabitants of Denain

With populist Viktor Orban winning a fourth consecutive term as Hungary’s prime minister just days ago, eyes have now turned to France’s resurgent far-right candidates – especially National Rally leader Le Pen, who wants to ban Muslim headscarves in French streets and halal and kosher butchers, and drastically reduce immigration from outside Europe.

If Macron wins, however, it will be seen as a victory for the EU, which has shown rare unity of late in responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Observers say a Macron re-election would spell real likelihood for increased co-operation and investment in European security and defence — especially with a new pro-EU German government.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has afforded Macron the chance to demonstrate his influence on the international stage and burnish his pro-Nato credentials in election debates.

Other candidates hold differing views on France’s role within the military alliance. Melenchon is among those who want to abandon Nato altogether, saying it produces nothing but squabbles and instability.

Such a development would deal a huge blow to an alliance built to protect its members as the Cold War emerged 73 years ago.

Robert Ménard on Marine Le Pen: "Around it, there is no political heavyweight» .
The Mayor of Béziers and Marine Le Pen's support returned Robert Menard, Thursday, April 14th on CNEWS, on the Program of his candidate in the second round as well as the future of France. © Jacques Witt / Sipa Robert Ménard, in great shape, explained on CNEWS that it found "unbearable" the rediabolization which starts against Marine Le Pen: "We can disagree with the One or the other without making Marine Le Pen the new incarnation of the devil or evil.

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