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Presidential elections in France: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in the second round

The French were called to the polls this Sunday, April 23, 2017 to elect their president of the Republic. Of the 11 candidates in the run, two were chosen to compete in the second round on 7 May. They are Emmanuel Macron (23.7%) and Marine Le Pen (21.7%).

A successful bet for Emmanuel Macron (39-year old). He arrived at the head of the French presidential election which took place this Sunday with 23.7% of the votes. Marine Le Pen (48-year old) is second with 21.9%. The two will meet in the second round on May 7 in a duel between young pro-European centrist and the candidate of the anti-Europe extreme right.

The other 9 candidates are eliminated in the first round. Even those of the traditional parties were rejected by the electorate. Francois Fillon of Les Républicains (LR) gets 19.7%, Jean-Luc Mélanchon 19.2% and Benoît Hamon of the Socialist Party (PS) 6.2% according to the first estimates. The results of the other candidates give: Nicolas Dupont-Aignan 5%, Jean Lassalle 1,5%, Philippe Poutou 1,2%, François Asselineau 0,8%, Nathalie Arthaud 0,7% and Jacques Cheminade 0,2%.

For the second round, the majority of these unhappy candidates called to vote Emmanuel Macron facing the extreme right and its projects. This gives the latter more chance to be the favorite of this final duel and to become the youngest president of the Fifth Republic.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, will undertake six projects: education and culture, a labor society, modernization of the economy, strengthening the security of the nation, democratic renewal, international relations.

The candidate of En marche! Aims to reduce public expenditure by € 60 billion over the five-year period, essentially by reducing the number of public servants by 120,000 and by reducing allocations to local and regional authorities. Emmanuel Macron also wants to eliminate all the charges for wages to smic.

Emmanuel Macron, born on 21 December 1977 in Amiens, is a politician, a former high official and a French business banker.

A graduate of ENA in 2004, he became a financial inspector before starting in 2008 as a business banker at Rothschild & Cie. A member of the Socialist Party between 2006 and 2009, he was appointed Deputy Secretary General in the Office of the President of the French Republic to François Hollande in 2012 and then Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital in 2014 in the government of Manuel Valls II.

In April 2016, he founded his political movement, baptized En marche !, then resigned four months later as minister. On 16 November, he announced his candidacy for the 2017 presidential election.

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