About the French elections | Tips and facts about French Election

About the French elections | Tips and facts about French Election

The prominent candidates outside the main Republican/Socialist party system; Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, indicates that the French political system could be heading for a rough and uncertain ride.

Now this are some reasons on how it all works – or how it may not.

  • The French get to run two elections?

Someone might ask, but how come? Yes, France has a hybrid system – a president and then followed by a parliament, which constitutes of the National Assembly (as the lower house) and the Senate (as the upper house).

Only the president of the country and the Assembly are elected by public vote. This happens every five years. These elections are done separately, the first election is for the President and the second election is for the 577 members of the National Assembly. There’s around a month in between the two elections.

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  • French polls?

France go for their polls on; 23 April, 7 May, 11 June and 18 June. This shows that France will vote four times in two elections to select the president and the parliament (National Assembly).

This is because they run a two-round run off voting system, and this is how it works;

Voters go to the polls and pick their favourite candidate, votes are counted, if no one gets 50% then the top two candidates go through to the next round a week later and the one who gets the most votes wins.

So presidential round one and two is on 23 April and 7 May respectively; National Assembly round one and two is on 11 June and 18 June respectively.

Main French election presidential candidates?

They are just three candidates identified as the front runners for president. They include;

  • Marine Le Pen
  • Francois Fillon
  • Emmanuel Macron

Three candidates have a realistic and equal opportunities of winning – but on the other hand, the all have their different problems.

Front National leader Marine Le Pen gets most of the headlines and may well win the first round. But the run-off system leaves the far right contender facing an uphill battle in the second round.

This election is Republican candidate Francois Fillon’s to lose and so far that’s what he seems to be doing. A corruption scandal involving his British wife has left his campaign in trouble.

Without a main party behind him Emmanuel Macron shouldn’t really have a chance – but he does. His challenge is to get enough votes to get through round one. If he does he’ll be favourite.

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