The French people head to the polls today to elect the next President of France. The election has paralleled the U.S. 2016 election in a number of uncanny similarities, including a left-wing candidate leading the polls against the right-wing candidate.
The Daily Mail reports on the election day activities, as millions across the country pour into polling stations to decide what has been a contentious campaign.
Several leaked French election exit polls suggest that Emmanuel Macron is leading with more than 60 per cent of the vote. Four exit polls, which are usually kept secret in France until voting closes, suggest the independent centrist will win in landslide over the far-right Marine Le Pen.
The French have a stark choice between pro-business independent Macron and anti-immigration populist Marine Le Pen. With Macron the pollsters’ favourite, voting stations opened across mainland France at 8am (7am GMT) under the watch of 50,000 security forces guarding against extremist attacks.
Both candidates were surrounded by press as they voted. Le Pen cast her ballot in a church in Henin-Beaumont, a small northern town controlled by her National Front party. Topless feminist activists who had climbed on to the roof of the church, hung a big banner and shouted anti-Le Pen chants were removed and briefly detained by police before she arrived.
Front-runner Macron, 39, voted in the coastal town of Le Tourquet in northern France alongside his wife, Brigitte. Macron arrived at the town hall in Le Touquet, on the English Channel coast, shortly after 10.30am, with his wife and shook hands with a large crowd of supporters before voting. The French presidential election was rocked by a security alert in the heart of Paris at about 1pm after the courtyard outside the Louvre museum, where Macron plans to hold an election night victory party, was evacuated on police orders after a bomb threat.
Macron, running as a Independent, is a progressive liberal, is the 39 year old former Economy Minister who leads in the polls. Macron leads his group En Marche! (Onward!).
Macron is battling Marine Le Pen. Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, is a hard-lined nationalist who promotes closed borders and economic protectionism.
In other words, this election is a battle between the far right versus the far left.
In January the French people chose, among Le Pen and Macron, a Republican candidate Fracois Fillon, far left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon. Last month a final run off election was held to choose the top two candidates. At that time, Le Pen and Macron were selected.
The run off election is the first time in French history that neither candidate from a major political party was up for election.
Many in the media have called the election in France reminiscent of the recent US Presidential election, only this time the female candidate, Le Pen is viewed akin to the policies of President Trump.
France has suffered multiple terrorist attacks in recent years and currently their unemployment rate is 10 percent.
Like much of Europe, France experienced an influx of immigration while their own citizens face joblessness and uncertainty. These issues remain in the forefront of debate during this election cycle.
The polls predict Macron will beat Le Pen in tomorrows final election.
In France, all campaigning officially stopped Friday evening. Hours before campaigning stopped, there was a massive leak of Macron’s campaign emails.
“In a statement, Macron’s political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) confirmed that it had been hacked.
“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information,” the statement said.
An interior ministry official declined to comment, citing French rules that forbid any commentary liable to influence an election, which took effect at midnight on Friday (2200 GMT).
The presidential election commission said in statement that it would hold a meeting later on Saturday after Macron’s campaign informed it about the hack and publishing of the data.
It urged the media to be cautious about publishing details of the emails given that campaigning had ended, and publication could lead to criminal charges.”
The mainstream media are salivating at the idea that “Russian Hackers” are attempting to interfere with the French election.
Macron, who married his high school teacher, also made headlines with accusations of tax evasion, which he strongly denies. Three days before the May seventh election, Gateway Pundit writes that they have documents proving he lied about his connections.
Macron appears to be the tainted candidate. Favored by the polls, rich city dwellers and liberals, but plagued with email and tax evasion scandals. He is even promoted by elitists, including former President Obama.
If female candidate Le Pen losses, will the media also run amok citing sexism as the reason for the loss?
All Macron needs now is the Hollywood actors and actresses to start tweeting their support to seal his fate.
Regardless of who wins the French election, the similarities remain uncanny. Tomorrow night the waiting will end.
If Le Pen wins, one wonders if a media sanctioned coordinated effort at her destruction will ensue. Then the similarities between the two countries will be more than uncanny, they will be an exact replica.