Paris, May 7: The results of French Presidential elections would be declared today. The runoff poll is underway between centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Polling is scheduled to conclude at 17:00 GMT. The first trends and results would emerge at 18:00 GMT. Stay tuned below to receive realtime live updates of the election results.
The presidential poll in France turned the most intriguing, as compared to past few decades, due to the rise of Marine Le Pen’s National Front. The entry of the ultra-conservative leader in the fray divided the French electorate on class and ethnic lines. While Macron continues to score above Le Pen in cosmopolitan constituencies of France, the latter holds sway over the underdeveloped countryside, where migrants have failed to penetrate. The latest polls have also shown that the urban middle and upper class are strongly behind Macron, whereas, the low-income group is backing Le Pen.
The opinion polls so far have shown Macron taking the lead against le Pen. In the most recent survey before the election run-off, Macron was projected winner with 62 per cent votes, whereas, Le Pen was expected to bag 37 per cent. However, the latter has rejected the claims made by the pre-poll surveys. “There is a chance that I would spring a surprise. You (media) wants to project that I am losing. But the French voters would not be dictated by your reportage,” she said, while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Among major promises made by the two leaders, there appears to be a deep contrast. While Macron has vowed to rejuvenate the economy by building strong trade ties with members of European Union, Le Pen has vowed to break away from the EU in order to “secure the national borders”.
On immigration, Le Pen has vowed to impose a “Trump-style ban” on immigrants from Muslim countries. She has further assured to reduce the total number of immigrants entering France each year to 10,000. On the other hand, Macron has advocated for liberal border policies, saying, “France should not stand in isolation. We are part of the EU and part of the world.”
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