The most unpredictable French election ever yesterday saw the unusual results. It saw the populist Marine Le Pen & political novice Emmanuel Macron through to the second round of the country’s presidential election where Macron had secured 23.9 per cent with Le Pen on 21.4 per cent of the total votes polled in the first round of French Presidential Elections.
Macron got up to the stage with his wife, Brigitte. “The French people have expressed themselves,” he said. “It is an honour and a responsibility.”
At a rally on Sunday night, Le Pen spoke among her supporters and said that she is offering ‘the great alternative’ in the Presidential race. She continued saying: “This is a historic result. The French must take the step for this historic opportunity. This is the first step to drive the French [people] into the Elysee Palace. It is time to liberate the French people from the arrogant [political] elite.”
With the defeat of Francois Fillon and Socialist Benoit Hamon, France will not have the mainstream parties in the final round of elections for the first time in 60 years.
Macron who jumped into politics very recently and served as an economy minister under President Francois Hollande is the favourite to win in the second round which is due on May 7th.