MADRID, Feb. 3 (Royals Blue) –
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, already has more than 500 endorsements of elected office to be able to stand in the next elections, despite the fact that the current tenant of the Elysée does not finish confirming that he will indeed try to aspire to a second term as head of State.
To aspire to the Presidency, the French legislation establishes as a screening that a candidate collects at least 500 signatures from at least 30 departments. In addition, these guarantees must be distributed, since no more than 10 percent of the support can be concentrated in a single department.
The Constitutional Council has confirmed in a count published this Thursday that Macron already has the support of 529 positions, after in the previous and only balance to date – released on Tuesday -, he appeared with 105. Technically, it would only remain that the president reveals what everyone already takes for granted and confirms that he wants a second term.
The endorsement system favors candidates with more established parties, such as Valérie Pécresse, of Los Republicanos, who already has 324. The socialist Anne Hidalgo appears in third position, with 266, despite the low level of support granted to her voting intention surveys.
The leader of the far-right National Front, Marine Le Pen, has 35 endorsements for now, even behind the journalist Éric Zemmour, who has 58, and the deputy Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate for the Untamed France and supported by a hundred elected officials. .
The French are called to the polls on April 10, in a first vote that will be repeated two weeks later, on April 24, and only with the two most voted candidates. Macron is listed as the favorite to go to this second round, where he would face, in principle, Le Pen or Pécresse.