April 24, 2017

Update On France Poll: 39yrs old Macron to face Ms. Le Pen in final round

A 39-year-old man is about to become president. My fellow Nigerians youths, are we seeing this?

Emmanuel Macron, a Liiberal centrist and radical right leader Marine Le Pen are projected to advance to the final round of the 2017 French presidential election, AFP reports.

Macron is projected to win between 23 and 24 percent of the vote, while Ms. Le Pen is expected to finish second with between 21.6 and 23 percent by the end of Sunday’s poll.

In the French electoral system, a candidate must win over 50 percent of the vote in order to be declared president after one round of voting. If this threshold is not reached, the top two candidates face off in a second round held two weeks after the first.

39-year-old Macron, a pro-European Union liberal running on his independent En Marche (“On the Move”) ticket, called the results of the first round historic, noting that it marks the first time since the second World War that neither of the two mainstream parties advanced to the final round. 

If he emerges victorious in the final round, Macron would be France’s youngest president.