Decisive Stage of Election Campaign in France Begins

Featured Decisive Stage of Election Campaign in France Begins

The campaign for the coming elections in France is now in its final and decisive stage, in the last week before the first round in which a total of 11 candidates will compete.

Presidential candidates will reinforce rallies, declarations, and public appearances, in order to win the vote of those still undecided, estimated at 34 percent of citizens, according to the latest Odoxa poll.

Analysts and media agree that the results of the first round will largely depend on the resolution of those who do not yet know who to vote for, although the high level of indecision could also lead to high abstention in a country where electoral participation average around 80 percent.

Of the 11 candidates, four lead the polls with fairly tight results, which introduces some uncertainty towards next Sunday's votes.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and ultra-right Marine Le Pen remain at the top with about 23 percent of the support but experience a negative dynamic by losing three to five points in recent weeks.

By its part, the leftist Jean-Luc Melenechon continues the unstoppable rise since the end of March and is in third place with about 20 percent.

In the case of the right-wing François Fillon, after several weeks stalled, he now manages to recover some points up to 18 percent, according to the most recent studies.

Far more behind are the remaining candidates, including the socialist Benoit Hamon with 10 percent, and the six who fail to surpass the threshold of five percent: the centrists Jean Lassalle and Jacques Cheminade, the sovereignists Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and François Asselineau, as well as the leftists Nathalie Arthaud and Philippe Poutou.

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