Ten presidential candidates in the ring
Ten candidates have been confirmed as having passed all the requirements, including the signatures of 500 elected officials, to stand in the presidential election on 22nd April.
The ten candidates (in alphabetical order) with the name of their party and the latest opinion poll results for them from the LH2 polling agency are as follows:
Nathalie Arthaud, Workers’ Struggle (LO), 0%
François Bayrou, Democratic Movement (MoDem), 12.5%
Jacques Cheminade, LaRouche Movement (No opinion polls figures)
Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Arise the Republic (DLR), 0.5%
François Hollande, Socialist Party (PS), 30.5%
Eva Joly, Europe Ecology – The Greens, 2.5%
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Left Front (FDG), 11%
Marine Le Pen, National Front (FN), 14.5%
Philippe Poutou, New Anticapitalist Party (NPA), 1%
Nicolas Sarkozy, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), 27.5%
In reality and unless there is some major political earthquake there is likely to be a runoff between incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande on 6th May to decide the outcome.
Following the deaths of three children and a father at the hands of a gunman last night the election campaign has been put on hold by the candidates.