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Vaiju Naravane tells us about the upcoming French presidential elections and the possible implications of the result for Europe

Vaiju Naravane tells us about the upcoming French presidential elections and the possible implications of the result for Europe

Jhe first round of the French presidential elections ended last Sunday, and two candidates, President Emmanuel Macron and the leader of the far-right National Rally, Marine Le Pen, came out on top with the most votes. While Macron won the first round with 27.8% of the vote, Le Pen got 23.2%, while left-wing politician Jean Luc Melenchon finished third with 22% of the vote. Interestingly, the three candidates improved their performance in the first round of 2017, where Macron obtained 24% of the vote, Le Pen 21.3% and Mélenchon 19.6%.

The presidential run-off, scheduled for April 24, will decide whether Macron gets a second term as president or if Le Pen manages to overthrow him.

So, as things stand, what are the odds for either candidate? All those who voted neither for Macron nor for Le Pen in the first round, who will they support in the second round? And what are the possible implications for Europe in the event of the outcome – if Macron is re-elected or if Le Pen manages to win?

Guest: Vaiju Naravane, professor of journalism and media studies at Ashoka University, and currently visiting professor at Sciences Po in France

Moderator: G. Sampath, editor-in-chief of social affairs, The Hindu

Edited by Ranjani Srinivasan

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