Presidential candidates multiply in France

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The French public has turned their eyes to the presidential election, which will be held in about 7 months. As the elections approach, the names of politicians who wish to serve in the presidency become clear. While 7 politicians were directly nominated for the election, 9 politicians announced their candidacy for the presidency.

President Emmanuel Macron has not announced his candidacy, but his candidacy is considered certain. Edouard Philippe, who stepped down as Prime Minister in July 2020 and is seen as a possible opponent of Macron in the election, has announced that he will support Macron in the election.

The first name to announce his candidacy for the presidential election was Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the ultra-leftist movement France Indomptable (LFI). In his statement of November 8, 2020, the leader of the French opposition announced that French society is at an impasse and that it has the means and the program to resolve the problems, and that he will participate in the election which will be held on April 10.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Unity Party (RN), known for her anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant statements, is the second person to announce her candidacy.

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The presidential candidate of the center-right Republican Party (LR) will be determined during the primary elections, in which 4 candidates will compete. These politicians are the French politician and former chief negotiator of the European Union (EU) for Brexit Michel Barnier, one of the well-known names in French politics, Valérie Pécresse, the head of the Ile-de region -France, which includes the capital Paris, parliamentarian Eric Ciotti and La Garenne-Colombes from the Parisian suburbs whose mayor was Phiippe Juvin.

The president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, resigned from the LR party and established himself as a right-wing politician presidential candidate.

Yannick Jadot, President of the Green Party (EELV) and Member of the European Parliament (EP), Eric Piolle, Mayor of Grenoble, Delphine Bathon, former Minister under the presidency of François Hollande and Member of Parliament, Sandrine Rousseau, former Vice-President of EELV, and Jean-Marc Governatori, co-president of “Cap Ecologie”, announced his candidacy for the EELV primaries.

The name of the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who announced her candidacy for the presidency, is among the politicians of the left. A year ago, Hidalgo’s declaration of candidacy, which unequivocally stated that he would not be a presidential candidate and would focus on the post of mayor of Paris, sparked reactions in the country.

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Hidalgo, who was elected to the post for the second time in municipal elections held last year, said the Socialist Party (PS) wanted to be that party’s presidential candidate by participating in the primary elections.

The other candidate from the left was Arnaud Montebourg, who was minister during François Hollande’s presidency.

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, president of the far-right Permanent Party of France, and Fabien Roussel, secretary general of the Communist Party (PCF), have announced that they will be running for the presidential election to be held in April 2022.

Politician Floriant Philippot, who resigned from the far-right RN party in July 2017 and advocated France’s exit from the European Union (EU), has announced his candidacy for the election.

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It is specified that the French writer Eric Zemmour, who is frequently on the agenda with his anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant statements, could also stand for election.

According to polls carried out in the country, Macron and Le Pen will collect the most votes in the first round of the election and face each other in the second round. In the second round of the last presidential election held in 2017, Macron and Le Pen clashed, garnering 66.1% and 33.9% of the vote respectively.


The first round of the presidential election to be held in France next year will take place on April 10. If one of the candidates does not obtain an absolute majority in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes will face each other in the second round which will be held on April 24. The candidate who finishes this round in advance will be elected president.

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