Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

France's Macron sees election lead narrow after TV debate

Poll gives independent candidate 23.5% of the vote, his lowest score in a month, and equal with far-right's Marine Le Pen.

Is this French presidential election's unpredictability really so unusual?

The five main candidates at a televised debate on TF1 on 20th March, 2017. © REUTERS The five main candidates at a televised debate on TF1 on 20th March, 2017. © REUTERS

The chatter about the French presidential election focuses on the likely high abstention rate, the record number of undecided voters, a possible last-minute surge by the Right and whether one can trust the polls. In particular, just under three weeks from the first round of voting, the talk is of how unpredictable and hard to forecast this 2017 election is. But, Hubert Huertas, argues it is no more unpredictable than usual. It is just that when it comes to the mood of voters, the rules have changed.

France’s disillusioned voters prepare to abstain

Presidential election could see record abstention rate with 37% of people saying they plan to abstain in first round, against 20% in 2012 vote.

France wary of instability if outsider Macron wins

Opponents of the independent candidate claim he would struggle to govern because he would be unlikely to muster a parliamentary majority.

France can reap rewards from Brexit and election says business chief

Head of bosses' group MEDEF Pierre Gattaz expects investment boost from election of either François Fillon or Emmanuel Macron in May.

France's former Socialist PM Valls backs Macron in election

Announcement of support for independent candidate regarded by many in Socialist Party as a betrayal and new low in scandal-hit campaign.

French centre-right senators swap camp for Macron

Nine senators from the UDI-UC centre-right parliamentary group signed a joint opinion article in French weekly Le JDD announcing they will support maverick centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron rather than conservative François Fillon who is mired in a scandal of alleged fraud and misuse of parliamentary funds.

Fillon runs egg-throwing gauntlet as Macron increases lead

An opinion survey this weekend confirmed centrist French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron as frontrunner in both rounds of the voting, while scandal-hit conservative candidate François Fillon, hanging on in third position despite a fall in poll ratings, was met by roudy protestors during a campaign visit to south-west France.  

Key socialist minister backs centrist French presidential candidate

Maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron received a significant boost to his presidential election campaign when defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a veteran Socialist Party figure, announced his support for Macron's candidature in an interview published Friday. 

Poll finds centrist Macron reinforces lead over Le Pen

Latest opinion survey shows Emmanuel Macron, the maverick centrist candidate in France's presidential election race, with a lead over far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen in the first-round vote and confirms a commanding win against her in the knockout second round.

Fillon's party apologizes for anti-Semitic attack on rival Macron

His party had tweeted image of independent candidate with a hooked nose, top hat and carrying a red sickle with which he was cutting a cigar.

Macron's economic plans 'cut and pasted' from EU policies


For some years the European Union has been recommending that France carry out a series of policy initiatives in key areas such as public finances, pensions, unemployment benefit, workers' rights and even large-scale infrastructure projects such as digital development. Now, says Mediapart's Martine Orange, these policies have found a home – in centrist candidate Emmanuel Macrons's manifesto for the French presidency. In some cases they are almost word for word.


Socialist candidate Hamon struggles to make voice heard in atypical French election

Benoît Hamon on the evening he won the socialist primary election in January 2017. © Reuters Benoît Hamon on the evening he won the socialist primary election in January 2017. © Reuters

The official Socialist Party candidate in the French presidential election, Benoît Hamon, has been deserted by a section of the right wing of his own party who are opting to support the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. The latest high-profile figures to support Macron are former Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë and defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a close ally of President François Hollande. Some in Hamon's team say the defections make it easier for their candidate to make his pitch on the left. But as Stéphane Alliès and Lénaïg Bredoux report, his campaign is so far pretty much inaudible.

France's dying Fifth Republic reduced to a human interest story

François Fillon's presidential campaign has descended into a grim farce. François Fillon's presidential campaign has descended into a grim farce.

The French Republic is in its death throes, having been taken hostage by a maniac – François Fillon - who is riding roughshod over the legal system, insulting the press, scorning his own elected representatives and calling on divisive factions for help. Having destroyed political parties, corrupted Parliament and having undermined voting itself, the Fifth Republic is now reaching the climax of its democracy-destroying operation. It is time to get rid of it, writes Mediapart's editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel, before it is too late.

France election: what does centrist Emmanuel Macron stand for?

Former banker, civil servant and economy minister unveils his policies as he emerges as surprise frontrunner to win presidential election.