France’s Presidential Election Finishes Sunday
France’s Presidential election finishes Sunday with the Winner-Takes-All runoff vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
The intense, suspenseful and surprising campaign saw Prime Ministers and Presidents losing out in early voting and 2 outsiders capturing the public’s support.
Below is a list of the events leading up to Sunday’s election day, as follows:
Nov. 20, 2016 — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy fails in bid to win conservative party presidential ticket, making him the 1st victim of French voters’ deep desire for change.
Nov. 27 — Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon wins conservative party ticket, beating another former prime minister, Alain Juppe.
Dec. 1 — Socialist President Francois Hollande, the country’s least popular leader since World War II, announces he would not stand for a 2nd term.
December 2016 — Emmanuel Macron’s startup-style centrist presidential campaign begins to gather steam.
Jan. 25, 2017 — Le Canard Enchaine newspaper reports that Fillon’s wife, Penelope, was richly paid as a parliamentary aide without actually working. French prosecutors open a probe into the allegations. His campaign starts to stutter.
Jan. 29 — Benoit Hamon wins the Socialist Party presidential nomination, beating former Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Feb. 5 — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen unveils 144-point manifesto, formally launching her campaign.
April 2017 — With Fillon stagnating and Hamon plunging, far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon surges in the polls.
April 23 — Eleven candidates compete in the 1st round of voting for the French presidency. Macron wins 24% support and Le Pen wins 21% — meaning they are the 2 who go into the May 7 Presidential runoff. In a 1st for modern France, neither the mainstream left or right candidates, Hamon and Fillon, advance.
May 3 — More than 16-M viewers tune in to see Le Pen and Macron clash in a prime-time TV debate.
May 5 — Minutes before campaigning halts for a quiet period before the election, the Macron team announces it has been the target of a massive hacking attack that leaked both fake and actual documents. Le Pen’s team complains that some ballots with her name on them have been ripped up.
May 6 — A day of reflection in which no campaigning is allowed. French overseas territories begin voting.
May 7 — Runoff vote for the French Presidency.
Candidate Marine Le Pen said Thursday that she looks forward to working with US President Donald Trump if she wins the election.