France’s 2022 election live: Polls show Macron ahead of Le Pen as he warns of post-Trump ‘hangover’

Watch live French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hold a rally in Arras

Emmanuel Macron is pulling away from Marine Le Pen and is on course for victory with 55 percent of the vote, the latest polls show.

Polls have also shown that 61 percent of registered voters are “completely certain” to vote in the second round of France’s presidential election this weekend.

It comes as Macron compared France’s pick in Sunday’s presidential runoff to that of US voters before they elected Donald Trump to the White House, while warning that his current electoral lead is no guarantee of victory.

“The next day they woke up with a hangover,” Mr Macron told BFM TV on Friday, saying the situation in France is very similar as it involves a very fundamental decision on the country’s direction. He also pointed to the inability of opinion polls to predict the outcome of the US elections or the Brexit referendum in 2016.

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ICYMI: Macron hits back at hecklers during campaign rally

Emmanuel Macron took on protesters at his last campaign rally before the French elections on Sunday.

Macron addressed the crowd in Figeac, south-west France, as protesters unfurled a banner opposing the privatization of government services.

“Every fight is a good fight…I believe in respect,” he said, captivating the hecklers. “Be glad you’re in a democracy where you can address a presidential candidate like that,” he added.

The incumbent is on course to triumph over right-wing Marine Le Pen with 55 percent of the vote in the latest polls.

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“Be glad you’re in a democracy”: Macron hits back at hecklers during the campaign event

Emmanuel Macron faced off against protesters at his last campaign rally before the French elections on Sunday. Macron addressed the crowd in Figeac, south-west France, as protesters unfurled a banner against the privatization of government services. “Every fight is a good fight. ..I believe in respect,” he said, beginning the hecklers. “Be glad you’re in a democracy where you can address a presidential candidate like that,” he added. The incumbent is on course for victory with 55 percent of the vote in the most recent polls, from right-wing Marine Le Pen to our free newsletters by clicking here

Thomas KingsleyApr 22, 2022 11:06 p.m

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French finance minister warns of ‘new era of higher inflation’

France is on the verge of entering “a new era of higher inflation” on rising prices following Russia’s war in Ukraine, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned ahead of this weekend’s elections.

“I think by 2023 inflation will gradually come down as we manage to balance supply and demand in the energy sector, but we have to be clear: we are entering a new era of higher inflation,” Mr Le Maire told BFM TV on Friday.

France’s inflation figure was 5.1 percent in March. Eurozone inflation, while marginally lower than previously reported, still rose to an all-time high of 7.4 percent in March.

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Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 21:55

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ICYMI: European leaders back Macron as French election campaign draws to a close

Just days before France’s crucial presidential election, the center-left leaders of Germany, Spain and Portugal on Thursday urged French voters to choose centrist President Emmanuel Macron over far-right nationalist rival Marine Le Pen.

And in another sign of the huge international impact Sunday’s French presidential election outcome will have, the day before, jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny also spoke out, urging French voters to support Macron and claiming that Le Pen is too closely linked to the Russian authorities.

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European leaders back Macron as French election campaign draws to a close

Just days before France’s crucial presidential election, the centre-left leaders of Germany, Spain and Portugal are urging French voters to choose centrist President Emmanuel Macron over far-right nationalist rival Marine Le Pen

Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 9:00 p.m

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votes | Vote for Macron – even if you don’t like him – or face what we faced with Trump

On April 21, 2002, I was 10 years old and huddled in front of the television with my family. We looked at the results of the first round of the French presidential election.

In France, people elect their president twice: the first time, they choose between a handful of candidates from different parties, and the two people with the most votes make it through to the second round; The second time, people vote again, and whoever gets the majority of the last two votes is elected President.

In 2002, it was widely expected that Lionel Jospin, the Socialist candidate, would make it to the second round alongside Jacques Chirac, the incumbent president who is running for re-election. I was born in 1991, at a time when the Socialist Party was a clear candidate in every election. It was the de facto left party, and it would compete against the de facto right party (whose name has changed a few times over the years).

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Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 8:30 p.m

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When will the French election results be announced?

French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen wrapped up their campaign ahead of this weekend’s vote.

Mr Macron representing La Republique En Marche! Party met voters in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis and Ms Le Pen of the National Rally Party was in the northern town of Arras.

France’s voters will vote on Sunday April 24 to decide who will be the next president after 10 other candidates were eliminated in the first ballot on April 10, including socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon, far-right candidate Eric Zemmour and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Our reporter Joe Sommerladhas the full story below:

Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 8:00 p.m

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Carlos Ghosn says he smells something fishy about French international arrest warrant

Fugitive former auto exec Carlos Ghosn said on Friday he “smells a little fishy” ahead of the French elections in response to an international arrest warrant requested by a French judge, Lebanese television channel Al Jadeed TV reported.

The warrant is being sought in connection with a case linked to an investigation into suspicious cash flows between Renault and an Omani dealer.

(AP)

Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 7:30 p.m

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You see, “Be glad you’re in a democracy,” Macron hits back at hecklers during the campaign event

“Be glad you’re in a democracy”: Macron hits back at hecklers during the campaign event

Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 7:00 p.m

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Before the presidential election, Frenchman Macron warns of a “hangover” like after the Trump election

French President Emmanuel Macron compared France’s vote in Sunday’s presidential runoff to that of US voters before they elected Donald Trump to the White House, while warning that his current electoral lead is no guarantee of victory.

“The next day they woke up with a hangover,” Mr Macron told BFM TV on Friday, saying the situation in France is very similar as it involves a very fundamental decision on the country’s direction. He also pointed to the inability of opinion polls to predict the outcome of the US elections or the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Polls by France’s top pollsters, released on Thursday and Friday, showed support for Macron over far-right challenger Marine Le Pen was stable or up slightly, even as voter turnout fell to an all-time low.

(AP)

Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 6:30 p.m

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Emmanuel Macron claims Le Pen’s higher election result is ‘a failure for him’

French President Emmanuel Macron says the fact that Marine Le Pen will score higher in this weekend’s election than five years ago is a failure for him.

His comments come after the latest polls show Macron is on course for victory with 55 percent of the vote on Sunday.

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Thomas KingsleyApril 22, 2022 6:00 p.m

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The French election could be a bigger shock to the markets than Brexit or Trump

French voters are expected to hand Emmanuel Macron five more years in office on Sunday, choosing the president over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen after a strong performance in a fiery debate.

With polls suggesting the presidential election will be tighter than in 2017, when the two candidates faced each other, traders are predicting a possible surprise victory for Le Pen that would rock Europe’s second-largest economy as fears of a recession mount in the region.

“It could be bigger than Brexit. It could be bigger than Trump if Le Pen prevails,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.

(PA Archive)

Thomas KingsleyApr 22, 2022 5:24 p.m

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