French Presidential 2022: kick-off of the first round

The meeting has been awaited by the French for a few weeks, 48.7 million French people are expected to vote this Sunday, April 10, 2022, which marks the first round of the French presidential elections 2022. Indeed it is today that the electorate French will be able to choose between the 12 candidates in the race for the Elysée.

Today these 12 candidates will finally learn about the two candidates chosen by the French, to compete on April 24, in the second round of this presidential election.

In 2017, during the first round of the presidential election, 77.8% of French people registered on the electoral lists went to vote. This year, abstention should be higher: the participation index is, this Friday, April 8, estimated at 71%, or 6.8% less.

What do the polls say 2 days before the first round of the presidential election in France?

According to polls of French voting intentions, the two who are doing well are the current president, who is the candidate of the “Republic in Market” party for a new 5-year term, Emmanuel Macron, who takes the lead of the race towards the Elysée with 26% of the voting intentions. For second place in this first round, according to the latest polls, we should see Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party, facing the outgoing president with 22% of the voting intentions, which demonstrates a clear increase compared to the last weeks, or the candidate was in decline.

In third position, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of the La France Insoumise party, is experiencing a favorable end-of-campaign trend and manages to follow the same dynamic as his competitor from the RN, with a score of 17% of voting intentions.

Valérie Pécresse, right-wing candidate, who had competed with Marine Le Pen for a while to reach the second round of this presidential election, sees herself in sharp decline with only 9% of the voting intentions of the French.

For Eric Zemmour, candidate of the Reconquest party, his Russophile position cost him precious points. Measured at 14% on February 24, the day the Russian army began its offensive, the former journalist then lost 3 points in ten days (11% on March 7, 2022), then 2 more in Europe. space of a month to gradually settle down to the 9% of voting intentions credited to him 2 days before the first round.

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