By Nathan Bauchant, local correspondent, Eurasia Business News – April 10, 2022

French president Emmanuel Macron and patriot candidate Marine Le Pen qualified for the second round of the presidential election with 27.60% and 23% respectively. The outgoing president came out on top in this first round and will meet his 2017 rival on April 24, in the second round.

The far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon gained 22.20% of votes. He called voters to support the liberal-socialist Emmanuel Macron in the second round.

The vast majority of other candidates also called for voting for the outgoing president or blocking Marine Le Pen, who received the support of the other far-right candidate, Eric Zemmour, and the sovereignist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.

Jean Lassalle, who won 3.1% of votes, doubling his score compared to the 2017 election, did not give voting instructions either. “My vote will interest only me because I become again tonight (…) a simple citizen,” said the Béarnais MP, who added: “But since you have been intelligent enough to choose us despite so many difficulties, I totally trust you to make your choice in fifteen days.”

Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called on Sunday, in a video posted on social networks, to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election, adding that he intended to “actively campaign” for the outgoing president. The mayor of Le Havre welcomes “the good score of the President of the Republic, which places him in the best conditions for the second round”.

The Constitution of October 4, 1958, inaugurating the Fifth Republic, made the presidential office a key function in French political life. Every five years, the parties, the media and the French meet for debates, exchanges and criticisms to elect their new president.

Even if it does not replace the legislative power held by the national assembly, the French president has a central role. He is the head of the armed forces and can decide to use nuclear weapons. The French president is also the head of diplomacy. He represents France abroad. Moreover, he is the head of the executive power : he appoints and leads the government. Lastly, the French president ratifies the bills voted by the Parliament.

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