Visit ArabTopics.com

FRANCE – First Round Of Presidential Elections Are Underway

21st Century Wire says…

The gates are open and they’re off.

‘Independent centrist’ Emmanuel Macron, pro Europe and former Rothschild golden child who’s been a historical ‘flip flop’ with his political directions; far right Front National, Marine Le Pen, who triggered yet another Femen protest outside polling station in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont where she was heading to vote; the scandalous François Fillon who wants to embark on Margaret Thatcher style reforms for France if he ever won (and we know how bad Thatcherism was for Britain); and finally hard-left veteran Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Friday’s final polls showed the four leading candidates are so close that any two could go through.

More on this report from The Guardian…

LePen
Jon Henley
The Guardian

Voting is under way in the first round of an unpredictable French presidential election whose outcome could prove crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and a nervous European Union.

Less than two days after a gunman shot dead a policeman on the Champs-Elysées in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility, France’s 47 million registered voters – nearly a quarter of whom are still undecided – go to the polls amid heightened security.

The top two finishers from the 11 candidates in the first round will advance to a runoff on 7 May to decide the next president after a tense and tight election dominated by the economy, jobs, immigration and national identity.

With campaigning banned on Saturday, Friday’s final polls showed the four leading candidates – independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, far-right Front National leader Marine Le Pen, scandal-hit conservative François Fillon and hard-left veteran Jean-Luc Mélenchon – so close that any two could go through.

France’s interior ministry said turnout at midday was 28.54%, a slight increase on the previous poll in 2012 and well up on the record low 21.4% in 2002, when Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie advanced to the runoff in a major upset. Analysts have said the abstention level could play a big part in this year’s vote.

Topless demonstrators from the Femen activist group briefly caused a commotion as they staged a protest against Le Pen outside a polling station in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont where she was heading to vote.

Femen

The protesters jumped out of a car wearing masks of Le Pen and the US president, Donald Trump, but were quickly bundled into police vans and Le Pen voted at the station shortly after without further disruption.

Macron, meanwhile, was the image of serenity as he posed for selfies with voters after casting his ballot in the popular coastal resort town of Le Touquet in northern France alongside his wife, Brigitte.

Macron

Mélenchon and Fillon voted in Paris, but Fillon’s wife Penelope – like her husband under formal investigation in the fake jobs scandal that hit the centre-right Les Républicains party’s campaign – cast her ballot near the couple’s 14th-century manor house in the Sarthe department, west of the capital.

The unpopular outgoing president, François Hollande, who is not standing for re-election, voted in his political fiefdom of Tulle in Correze in the south-west. The Socialist party’s current presidential candidate, Benoît Hamon, cast his ballot in Trappes, a Paris suburb.

Melenchon

The poll is being widely seen as a litmus test for the strength of a populist, nativist and anti-establishment wave that produced the twin shocks of the UK’s Brexit vote and the election of Trump in the US, and could also be decisive for the future of the EU.

Both Le Pen and Mélenchon have said they want to radically renegotiate France’s relationship with Europe and could hold referendums on a French exit from the bloc. Le Pen also wants to quit the euro and restore the franc.

Fillion

Voters were queuing early at polling stations in Paris. The vote “is really important, mainly because we really need a change in this country with all the difficulties we are facing and terrorism,” said one resident, Alain Richaud.

It’s definitely risky, but I have faith in the result even if an extreme candidate qualifies for the second round,” said Beatrice Schopflin.

Financial markets are already nervous about the vote’s outcome, fearing capital flight or defaults should the far right or far left triumph. France holds two rounds of legislative elections in June, however, and without a parliamentary majority, any new president’s powers would in practice be limited…

Continue this report at The Guardian

READ MORE EUROPE NEWS AT:  21st Century Wire EUROPE Files

SUPPORT OUR WORK BY SUBSCRIBING & BECOMING A MEMBER @21WIRE.TV

Source: 
21 Century Wire

Dear friends of this aggregator

  • Yes, I intentionally removed Newsbud from the aggregator on Mar 22.
  • Newsbud did not block the aggregator, although their editor blocked me on twitter after a comment I made to her
  • As far as I know, the only site that blocks this aggregator is Global Research. I have no idea why!!
  • Please stop recommending Newsbud and Global Research to be added to the aggregator.

Support this site

News Sources

Source Items
Please Stop the Ride 32
The Infectious Myth 27
Lockdown Skeptics 85
Sam Husseini 34
Dr. Andrew Kaufman 3
Swiss Propaganda Research 51
Off Guardian 197
Cory Morningstar 10
James Bovard 88
WWI Hidden History 51
Grayzone Project 478
Pass Blue 420
Dilyana Gaytandzhieva 17
John Pilger 428
The Real News 367
Scrutinised Minds 29
Need To Know News 3586
FEE 5560
Marine Le Pen 431
Francois Asselineau 25
Opassande 53
HAX on 5July 220
Henrik Alexandersson 1293
Mohamed Omar 404
Professors Blog 10
Arg Blatte Talar 40
Angry Foreigner 19
Fritte Fritzson 12
Teologiska rummet 36
Filosofiska rummet 148
Vetenskapsradion Historia 197
Snedtänkt (Kalle Lind) 266
Les Crises 4174
Richard Falk 231
Ian Sinclair 142
SpinWatch 61
Counter Currents 13022
Kafila 714
Gail Malone 45
Transnational Foundation 221
Rick Falkvinge 95
The Duran 11958
Vanessa Beeley 236
Nina Kouprianova 9
MintPress 6253
Paul Craig Roberts 2765
News Junkie Post 77
Nomi Prins 27
Kurt Nimmo 191
Strategic Culture 6491
Sir Ken Robinson 88
Stephan Kinsella 124
Liberty Blitzkrieg 889
Sami Bedouin 65
Consortium News 2685
21 Century Wire 4335
Burning Blogger 324
Stephen Gowans 105
David D. Friedman 188
Anarchist Standard 16
The BRICS Post 1545
Tom Dispatch 662
Levant Report 18
The Saker 5340
The Barnes Review 623
John Friend 545
Psyche Truth 160
Jonathan Cook 173
New Eastern Outlook 5108
School Sucks Project 1842
Giza Death Star 2250
Andrew Gavin Marshall 28
Red Ice Radio 709
GMWatch 2670
Robert Faurisson 150
Espionage History Archive 35
Jay's Analysis 1217
Le 4ème singe 91
Jacob Cohen 226
Agora Vox 20299
Cercle Des Volontaires 458
Panamza 2676
Fairewinds 124
Project Censored 1273
Spy Culture 634
Conspiracy Archive 85
Crystal Clark 24
Timothy Kelly 669
PINAC 1482
The Conscious Resistance 1125
Independent Science News 94
The Anti Media 6895
Positive News 820
Brandon Martinez 30
Steven Chovanec 61
Lionel 318
The Mind renewed 465
Natural Society 2627
Yanis Varoufakis 1179
Tragedy & Hope 122
Dr. Tim Ball 114
Web of Debt 171
Porkins Policy Review 463
Conspiracy Watch 174
Eva Bartlett 650
Libyan War Truth 382
DeadLine Live 1916
Kevin Ryan 69
BSNEWS 2142
Aaron Franz 279
Traces of Reality 166
Revelations Radio News 128
Dr. Bruce Levine 162
Peter B Collins 1853
Faux Capitalism 205
Dissident Voice 12343
Climate Audit 228
Donna Laframboise 531
Judith Curry 1205
Geneva Business Insider 40
Media Monarchy 2831
Syria Report 84
Human Rights Investigation 94
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) 1685
Down With Tyranny 14051
Laura Wells Solutions 51
Video Rebel's Blog 497
Revisionist Review 485
Aletho News 23528
ضد العولمة 27
Penny for your thoughts 3485
Northerntruthseeker 3110
كساريات 37
Color Revolutions and Geopolitics 27
Stop Nato 4948
AntiWar.com Blog 3503
AntiWar.com Original Content 7862
Corbett Report 2749
Stop Imperialism 491
Land Destroyer 1332
Webster Tarpley Website 1165

Compiled Feeds

Public Lists

Title Visibility
Funny Public