View Poll Results: For whom would you vote in the first round of the French presidential election?

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  • François Fillon

    18 12.77%
  • Benoît Hamon

    1 0.71%
  • Marine Le Pen

    65 46.10%
  • Emmanuel Macron

    42 29.79%
  • Jean-Luc Mélenchon

    10 7.09%
  • Other

    5 3.55%
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    Catalpast Catalpast is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by petaljam View Post
    Today's the big day : polling stations have opened around the country for the first round of the presidential elections, amid heightened security fears after the attack which killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees on Thursday.

    As usual, voting takes place on a Sunday, when public buildings like schools and Mairies can be made available without disrupting normal activities. This is the first round of two, the results will normally be available, provisionally but generally reliably, for the main evening news just after the last polling stations close. So it's always a dramatic moment when the pictures of the two finalists are revealed, and this year possibly more than ever.

    As the Guardian puts it, it really has been France's strangest ever presidential election, full of "twists and turns".

    You can follow it here : The latest live news, videos and articles - France 24
    or here (in French) Election présidentielle 2017: actualité, candidats, sondages, résultats - BFMTV

    There are 11 candidates, but only four are thought to have a chance of getting through to the run offs on May 7.
    (Benoit Hamon, the Socialist Party candidate, who as such would have been almost automatically expected to be in the second round in previous elections saw his vote gradually collapse and several important members of his own party abandon him as his campaign failed to take off.)

    Marine Le Pen, head of the far right Front National and centrist, or mystery man, Emmanuel Macron, are the favorites but the result is too close to call, and the traditional ban on polls being published during the 48 hours before the vote mean that any last minute surges or falls may not be identified. That's particularly relevant after the attack on Thursday - rumour has it from Belgium that Jean Luc Melenchon, who seemed to have an unstoppable momentum may be dropping off while François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron may be moving up again. We'll know in a few hours.

    The presidential elections will be followed by legislative elections on June 11 and then June 18, because the new president, whoever it is, is expected to use presidential powers to try for a new legislature more in tune with his/her aims.
    I hope Marine Le Pen wins!

    If not her then Melenchon.

    Macron would be the worst IMO

    But my gut feeling is that he would have the best chance overall of winning this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister Mercedes View Post
    If you were a supporter of leftie socialist Hamon on 8%, wouldn't you not waste your vote and instead switch to leftie Melenchon.
    In the 2nd round certainly

    - if Le Pen does not make it through and he does then he has a very good chance as we get a straight Left-Right split
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    Let us hope whoever wins that the Fifth Republic will be the last and the Duty, Reverence and Solidarity will uproot "Liberte, Elagalite et Fraternite" those disgusting bourgeois lies. At this stage a three way civil war is inevitable anyway.

    The best thread ever on P.ie;

    http://www.politics.ie/forum/zoo/253...nstrasted.html

    Vive Le France! Mort Aux Le Republic! Pour Dieu et le Roi!

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    Nutter.
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    waiting for Shiel to be along now any minute bigging up the female candidate
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    Quote Originally Posted by eoghanacht View Post
    Nutter.
    You're admitting it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northsideman View Post
    Perhaps later it will be such, " The temperature in Brussels is off the scale, The temperature in Brussels is off the scale".
    Well, the example I gave was from the last election when Hollande was involved. They also said at one stage that the preferred dessert was a Flamby. It's a dessert but was also Hollande's nickname. Euphemism all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    Well, the example I gave was from the last election when Hollande was involved. They also said at one stage that the preferred dessert was a Flamby. It's a dessert but was also Hollande's nickname. Euphemism all the time.
    So what's the latest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverharp View Post
    waiting for Shiel to be along now any minute bigging up the female candidate
    I have no time for your politics but giggled massively at that- thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northsideman View Post
    So what's the latest?
    All confusing at the moment. Le Pen likely to sneak in between Macron and Fillon.
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