France Presidential Elections 2017

2017 has begun so fast in terms of international conflicts and government issues that are going on all around the world. When we look at the list of elections that have already happened in 2017/end of 2016 or will be happening later in the year, number is pretty high. After the US Presidential Elections, now France Presidential Elections is a conversation topic not only in France, all over the world. It is going to be happening in spring, on April 23, 2017. If none of the candidates win the majority another election will be happening between the top two candidates on May 7th, 2017.

Marine Le Pen who is the leader of National Front which is a political party in France is one of the candidates. She is also a member of European Parliament. She was placed 3rd in 2012 presidential elections.

Another candidate is Benoit Hamon who is a member of the Socialist Party. He is a member of the European Parliament for Eastern France like Le Pen. He has intentions about protecting the common goods and decreasing the amount of work one does in a week.

François Fillon who is the current prime minister of France, is a nominee for the Republicans.

Emmanuel Macron is also one of the nominees for the 2017 Presidential Elections who has a social liberal view under an independent political party. He is the current Minister of the Economy.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the last candidate in 2017 France Presidential Elections. He is with Left Party.

In a poll that happened in January, 2017 70% of the population seems to believe in Fillon but there is still another month until the elections which can cause a big change. Also the new president will face a fast change in a month after getting elected with parliamentary elections.

French citizens are counting down for the elections and curious about the results. Because poll results can change any time. Matthew Fraley, who is a Spanish teacher in Nampa, Idaho and was born in France, expressed his thoughts about the elections like the following: “Francr Elections is going to be very similar to US elections. France and United States are in that similar situation because people on one side want to open up the country and on the other side they are looking for a restoration of the original France.”

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