23 April 2017 will be the first round of the French elections. The system media claims no one is expected to win a decisive majority so a 2nd round election will be held on May 7 where the system politicans are planning to stop Marine Le Pen with a coalition. www.bbc.com/news/topics/f671cc6e-8cdd-4351-90d1-fcc3bae18534/france-presidential-election-2017 QUOTE: France presidential election 2017 April 9, 2017 In exactly one month from now, voters in France will have elected a new President and, perhaps for the first time, a head of state representing none of the main parties who have held power for decades. The first round takes place on 23rd April. There are three main candidates, but a run-off is expected on 7th May as none of the contenders are likely to secure an outright majority. Meanwhile, Newsday's Julian Keane went to the north-eastern town of Strasbourg to look ahead to the presidential election.
Gaetano Vespoli is a National Front party member in the French city of Strasbourg. His neighbourhood is called Koenigshoffen and he thinks the city has failed citizens, with a lack of investment and jobs. He says one example of the change in the neighbourhood is the number of kebab shops that have opened and he says there are no longer any French restaurants.
The people of France will soon vote for their next President. The first round takes place on 23 April. There are three front-runners and, as none is likely to secure an outright majority, a run-off between the two candidates is expected on 7 May. For the first time in 15 years, the far-right National Front has a realistic chance of winning the race under Marine Le Pen. Centrist Emmanuel Macron is challenging her in the opinion polls after the centre-right Republican Francois Fillon was derailed by an investigation into misuse of public funds. For the first time in modern French history, the incumbent - Socialist President Francois Hollande - is not running for a second term because of poor poll ratings. There is concern that voter apathy could limit turnout so a grassroots campaign is underway to boost voter numbers.