Parisians began voting on Sunday (April 24) in an election that will decide whether pro-European Union President Emmanuel Macron keeps his job or is ousted by far-right Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen in what would amount to a political earthquake.
Opinion polls in recent days gave Macron a solid and slightly growing lead as analysts said Le Pen – despite efforts to soften her image and tone down some of her National Rally Party’s policies – remained unpalatable to many.
However, given the large number of voters who were undecided or unsure whether they would even vote in the runoff for the presidency, a surprising election victory for Le Pen could not be ruled out.
“There could always be a surprise because we don’t know what the abstention rate is, we don’t know how a certain number of people will vote,” said Parisian Emmanuelle.
With polls showing that neither candidate has enough committed supporters, much will depend on a cohort of voters balancing concerns about the impact of a far-right presidency against anger over Macron’s record since his 2017 election.
If Le Pen wins, it would likely convey the same sense of stunning political upheaval as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union or Donald Trump’s US election in 2016.
Polling stations opened at 08:00 (06:00 GMT) and close at 20:00 (18:00 GMT). First projections from pollsters are expected as soon as the polling stations close.
Parisians face big choice between Macron and Le Pen – SABC News
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