On April 23 France will celebrate presidential elections, which are crucial not only for France itself but also for the European Union’s stability. Candidates are 11 in total, but the most important are 5: Fillon, Hamon, Macron, Melenchon, Le Pen.
François Fillon is the Republican candidate for the center-right wing party, same as Sarkozy (which he defeated in the primaries). He was Prime Minister from 2007 to 2012 under President Sarkozy. He is currently involved in a scandal of alleged illicit public reimbursements addressed to his wife and children.
Benoit Hamon is the Socialist candidate of the center-left wing party, same as actual President François Hollande. He won the primaries against Prime Minister Valls. He was Minister of Education. He struggles to hold together his party and suffers the loss of popularity of Hollande.
Emmanuel Macron is the atypical candidate for this election, vaguely liberalist. He is not a member of parliament but a business banker. Being Hollande’s economic advisor, he was then promoted to Minister of Economy. He left the office to found a party of his own, and to stand for election.
Jean-Luc Melenchon is the far left wing party candidate. It was a member of Hollande’s Socialist Party but he left it in 2008 and ran alone at the 2012 election, finishing fourth. It has the support of the French Communist Party, and in general of all the forces of the left.
Marine Le Pen is the President of the National Front, the French nationalist party. In 2011 she succeeded his father as party leader. At the 2012 presidential elections she finished third after Hollande and Sarkozy. At the 2014 European hers is the most voted party in France. Continua a leggere