(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


French far-right politician Marine Le Pen might be out of the race herself — but she stunned France by securing nearly 18 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first-round presidential election. France24 says she...

 

“...now has the potential to swing what is likely to be a close second round on May 6. ’Tonight is historic,’ Le Pen gushed to her supporters. ‘We are the only opposition to the ultra-liberal, libertarian left-wing’.”

Socialist challenger François Hollande won the first round with 28 percent of the votes to centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 27 percent, meaning those two will go head-to-head for the second-round elections.

 

But the results also mean Marine Le Pen has the potential to play a big part in who’s going to become the next president of France. BBC’s correspondent says her voters may not automatically go for Sarkozy even though he is the candidate closest to the right wing.

“A lot of them may abstain in the second round and some of them will probably even vote for François Hollande because of that dislike for Sarkozy. … It’s her supporters now who could play a pivotal role in deciding who will win this election.”

Marine Le Pen had been advocating for tougher immigration laws, getting rid of the Euro and isolating France financially. So, it’s those voters Sarkozy will have to pursue. A French political analyst tells CNN, Sarkozy is embarking on a very difficult mission.

“...courting both extreme-right voters and centrists whose votes he desperately needs... The latest poll after the first round shows that Hollande would win by a margin of between 6 percent. However, nothing is written yet.”

So François Hollande might be justified in his optimism when speaking after the first-round victory. The Guardian has the footage:
 

"The second round represents a punishment for the term that is ending and a rejection for the outgoing candidate, whose speeches over the last months played to the far right.”

Marine Le Pen has yet to tell her supporters who she would prefer them to vote for. And according to RTE, National Front Vice-President Louis Alliot said she wouldn’t endorse either as things stand.

“Based on the ideas in our programme, neither one defends or develops them, so it seems unlikely.”

The second and final vote is scheduled for May 6th.

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Sarkozy, Hollande Battle for Far-Right Le Pen Supporters

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN


French far-right politician Marine Le Pen might be out of the race herself — but she stunned France by securing nearly 18 percent of the vote in Sunday’s first-round presidential election. France24 says she...

 

“...now has the potential to swing what is likely to be a close second round on May 6. ’Tonight is historic,’ Le Pen gushed to her supporters. ‘We are the only opposition to the ultra-liberal, libertarian left-wing’.”

Socialist challenger François Hollande won the first round with 28 percent of the votes to centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 27 percent, meaning those two will go head-to-head for the second-round elections.

 

But the results also mean Marine Le Pen has the potential to play a big part in who’s going to become the next president of France. BBC’s correspondent says her voters may not automatically go for Sarkozy even though he is the candidate closest to the right wing.

“A lot of them may abstain in the second round and some of them will probably even vote for François Hollande because of that dislike for Sarkozy. … It’s her supporters now who could play a pivotal role in deciding who will win this election.”

Marine Le Pen had been advocating for tougher immigration laws, getting rid of the Euro and isolating France financially. So, it’s those voters Sarkozy will have to pursue. A French political analyst tells CNN, Sarkozy is embarking on a very difficult mission.

“...courting both extreme-right voters and centrists whose votes he desperately needs... The latest poll after the first round shows that Hollande would win by a margin of between 6 percent. However, nothing is written yet.”

So François Hollande might be justified in his optimism when speaking after the first-round victory. The Guardian has the footage:
 

"The second round represents a punishment for the term that is ending and a rejection for the outgoing candidate, whose speeches over the last months played to the far right.”

Marine Le Pen has yet to tell her supporters who she would prefer them to vote for. And according to RTE, National Front Vice-President Louis Alliot said she wouldn’t endorse either as things stand.

“Based on the ideas in our programme, neither one defends or develops them, so it seems unlikely.”

The second and final vote is scheduled for May 6th.

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