Current president goes to the second round again against Marine Le Pen, but dispute should be fierce this time
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In 2017, the contest between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French presidential election represented the triumph of the “anti-system”, candidates who were not part of the predominant political groups in the country.
For the first time since the founding of the 5th Republic, in 1958, the two great French political currents – the socialist and the the Gaullist – were left out of the second vote for president of the country.
The centrist Macron did not represent a radical break, as he had been Minister of Economy under the socialist president François Hollande, but he broke with him in
The rightist Le Pen continued the political program of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the National Front (which later became known as the National Regroupment) , with an anti-immigration and eurosceptic platform. In her third attempt to reach the Élysée Palace, she adopts a softer speech in relation to previous campaigns.
The results of the first round of the French presidential election, held this Sunday (), indicate that Macron (27, 4% of votes with 24% of the polls counted) and Le Pen (10%) already star in their own polarization, as they will make the second turn again and because the country’s traditional political currents have foundered at the polls: the last partial result showed center-right candidate Valérie Pécresse, from the group of former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, with 4.7% of the votes, while the socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, amounted to just 1.7%.