Presidential candidate’s oral exam

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Eleven candidates have joined the race for the French presidency. The campaign is now entering its final stage ahead of the election. For the first time in 15 years, the far-right National Front has a real chance of winning the race. 

From the Socialist Benoit Hamon to the far-rightist Marine Le Pen by the centrist Emmanuel Macron, there are five favorite candidates. Four of them participated in a show named “Au Tableau”. The show took place in an elementary school in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine). The principle was to explain their programs to pupils. All of the 18 children were from 8 to 12 years old. Jean Luc Melenchon, Benoit Hamon, Emmanuel Macron and Francois Fillon were in  a classroom facing the curious pupils. Each of them answered their questions, they played educational games, exchanged opinions etc. Among them, Macron and Hamon were the most relaxed and communicated easily with the children. The ex-Prime Minister, François Fillon, didn’t really clarify his issues with the justice system but mentioned that the pressure on him was hard. He also stated that he was not the only one candidate put under investigation, giving exemples of Presidents Mitterand or Giscard d’Estaing. The show gathered 1.3 million viewers on C8 channel.

Violaine BOKUFA, IEJ Tremplin

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