The first round of France’s presidential elections is underway and it looks like it’s going to be a fight between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The two candidates are, as of this writing, neck and neck.
The fact that a French jihadist shot dead a policeman on the Champs Elysee just three days prior to the elections may have influenced how the the people of France cast their vote.
The prime concern of the voters are the economy, jobs, and the general trustworthiness of politicians. But the jihadist attack that happened just 72 hours before the elections may have influenced the pollsters’ decision-making.
Eleven candidates are vying for the four spots in the second round of the elections and it looks like Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, Jean Luc Melenchon and Francois Fillon are the the ones who will be fighting it out in the second round on May 7th.
The last exit poll suggests that socialist Emmanuel Macron is leading with 23.5%, followed by Marine le Pen with 22.5%, then center right François Fillon with 21% of the vote, and Communist Francois Melenchon at 18%.