French presidential election: can Macron keep the far right at bay for a second time? | In the Focus Podcast

Vaiju Naravane speaks to us about the upcoming French presidential election and how the outcome might affect Europe

Vaiju Naravane speaks to us about the upcoming French presidential election and how the outcome might affect Europe

The first round of the French presidential elections ended last Sunday, with two candidates, President Emmanuel Macron, and the leader of the far-right National Assembly, Marine Le Pen, coming out on top with the most votes. While Macron won the first round with 27.8% of the vote, Le Pen secured 23.2%, while left-wing politician Jean Luc Melenchon finished a close third with 22% of the vote. Interestingly, all three candidates topped their results in the first round of 2017, where Macron received 24% of the vote, Le Pen 21.3% and Melenchon 19.6%.

The presidential runoff, scheduled for April 24, will determine whether Macron gets a second term as president or Le Pen manages to unseat him.

So what are the chances of the two candidates from today’s perspective? All those who did not vote for either Macron or Le Pen in the first ballot – who do they support in the second ballot? And what are the possible consequences for Europe in the event of either outcome – if Macron is re-elected or if Le Pen wins?

Guest: Vaiju Naravane, Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Ashoka University and currently Visiting Lecturer at Sciences Po in France

Host: G. Sampath, Social Affairs Editor, The Hindu

Edited by Ranjani Srinivasan

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