Former French President François Hollande asked this Thursday that “the French vote for Emmanuel Macron” in the second round of the presidential elections, on April 24, in the name of “the cohesion of France” and its “European future”.
Paris, France | Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential elections on Sunday with 27.85% of the vote, followed by Marine Le Pen with 23.15%. The two candidates will face each other again in the second round, on 24 April.
“The essential thing is France, its cohesion” and “its European future”, declared the former socialist leader of the country, explaining that the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen “would call into question the principles and values” of the country.
Socialist Party candidate and mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo won just 1.7% of the vote in the first round of French presidential elections on Sunday
Quite unpopular at the end of his term, Hollande was the only president of the Fifth Republic, founded in 1958, who had not yet declared his support for any of the candidates.
His predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, a leading figure on the French right, announced his vote for Macron on Tuesday, saying that the current president “is, in the current state of affairs, the only one in a position to act”.
Third place, with 21.95%, the candidate of the radical left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose voters are “wooed” by the two “finalists”, asked “not to give a single vote” to Le Pen.
Other left-wing candidates defeated in the first round, such as environmentalist Yannick Jadot, socialist Anne Hidalgo and communist Fabien Roussel, also appealed to vote against the far right.
Marine Le Pen, in turn, received support from her far-right rival Eric Zemmour and sovereignist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.
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