France’s presidential race : Emmanuel Macron announces his candidature

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en-direct-macron-je-suis-candidat-a-la-presidence-de-la-republiqueSource: Europe 1

Emmanuel Macron, the former economy minister and head of the political movement “En Marche!”, puts pressure on Hollande with his annoncement to run in French presidential election.

Once upon a time, Emmanuel Macron, the ex-protégé of French president François Hollande, 38-year-old former investment banker for Rothschild Ltd. quit his post as the economy minister to start his own political movement called “En Marche!” (“On the Move!”). A few months later, as expected, Emmanuel Macron has confirmed his plans to run for president of France. Indeed, he launched his campaign in Bobigny (Paris’s suburb) on Wednesday.  “I am ready, that’s why I am a candidate for the presidency,” he said. “France has left the road to progress. France is blocked.”

“I reject this system”

Macron promises to be “neither on the left nor on the right”, as he wants to promote new ideas. He is hoping to became an “unlikely champion” for the French youth, immigrants and minorities. In his programme, he plans notably to relinquish France’s 35 hours working week for younger people and make it easier for buisnesses to lay workers off. According to polls, Macron is at the top of the list of potential president from the left-centrist with 49% of population considering him as a good leader, in front of Manuel Valls (the current Prime Minister) with 42 % while the President François Hollande has only 13%.

The first round of the French presidential election will be in April, François Hollande has not yet confirmed to run for his re-election. This week end, during  “Les Primaires de la droite et du Centre”, the candidate of the right wing (“Les Répblicains”) will be elected. So, the die isn’t cast yet…

Noémie Tissot, 3F group 2

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