Lunes, 18 Junio, 2018

John Oliver Walks Us Through the Upcoming French Presidential Election

Extra safety measures are being put in place for the balloting after the extremist attacks in the country that have made security one of the major issues of the presidential campaign 2 Held in France Over Plot to Disrupt Presidential Election
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:36

Two of them are expected to advance to a run-off vote on May 7.

Police set off tear gas to disperse them.

Merabet was trying to contact IS to pass them "a video pledging allegiance or claiming (an attack)", the prosecutor said, adding both suspects were on a French watchlist of extremists.

"All I can say is that our police services have worked remarkably well to stop two people who will now be put in front of the judges and police officers so that we know exactly what their intentions are", he said while speaking in the central city of Le Creusot. The Bloomberg Composite of first-round polls showed Macron nearly two points ahead, on 24.2 percent.

Investors are anxious that if Melenchon is able to maintain this dynamic in the final days of the campaign, he's likely to qualify for the second round of the vote on May 7, where his opponent could turn out to be the the far-right Marine Le Pen who opposes immigration and wants to pull France out of the euro zone.

That leaves competition between the four candidates extremely tight, with Macron (whose support is at 23 per cent) slightly ahead of Le Pen (22.5 per cent), Fillon (19.5 per cent) and Melenchon (19 per cent).

He said Obama expressed his deep attachment to France and the importance of the relationship between the two countries.

The euro extended its gains against the dollar, rising as much as 0.62% to 1.0776 on Thursday morning, the highest level since 29 March when it reached 1.084, on concerns about USA president Donald Trump's ability to push through his economic policies and with the looming French election. Some Muslims feel unfairly targeted by French laws banning headscarves in schools and full-face veils in public.

Veteran centrist Francois Bayrou, who has backed Macron, warned Wednesday that several possibilities were possible for the run-off vote on May 7. One of his big ideas: a 100% tax on all income above 400,000 euros.

The candidates have increased security in recent days.

Polls on the race to succeed the deeply unpopular socialist President Francois Hollande are so close that gaps between candidates fall within the margin of error.

It may not have been an endorsement, but it was about as close as you could come; recently retired American presidents don't typically call political candidates in other countries, and Obama doesn't seem to have reached out to any French leader but Macron.

However, security and tackling the threat posed by Islamist militants has returned to the fore after the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday suspected of plotting an imminent attack.

He attacked Le Pen for her remark that if she had been in the presidential Elysee Palace, there would have been no terrorist attacks in recent years.

ANALYST TAKE: "The most likely scenario still appears to be Macron and Le Pen in the second round, but there are plenty of undecided French voters who could make a difference and the vote looks as uncertain as it ever has", said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG.