Final Countdown Ahead of French Election: Fillon’s Downfall, Macron’s Rise, Frontrunner Le Pen, Surprise Breakthrough

Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

A day of pre-election silence marked Saturday in France as the presidential election campaign had concluded.

PARIS (Sputnik) — The polling stations opened on Saturday in the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, located off eastern Canadian shores, a day earlier than in France itself, French media reported.

The presidential election in continental France is slated for April 23, while the run-off is expected to take place on May 7.

Four most prominent candidates are far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, head of left-wing political movement La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) Jean-Luc Melenchon, The Republicans’ party nominee Francois Fillon and independent candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Benoit Hamon, the candidate from the ruling Socialist Party, alongside six other presidential hopefuls, are not expected to make it through the first round of election due to the low level of support among the French people.

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