10 Facts: The Truth About the French Election Results

Here are the facts of the recent French Election Results:

Rankings

Here are the top five vote getters from the French Election:

  • Emmanuel Macron: 24%
  • Marine Le Pen: 21.3%
  • Francois Fillon: 20%
  • Jean Luc Melenchon: 19.6%
  • Benoit Hamon: 6.4%

Note that there were more than five candidates who ran for the office of the Presidency (11 to be exact), but the others received a very low percentage of the vote that is not worth including on this list.

Demographics

This tweet displays how the French people voted based on Demographics:

 

Based on the above graphic, the northeast and the south of France went hard for Ms. Le Pen. The northeast is considered the “Rust Belt” of France by Cas Mudde, a professor at the University of Georgia, in that it was once a wealthy area but has since been plagued with social problems and has high rates of immigration. Ms. Le Pen, much like United States President Donald J. Trump, has promised to bring back jobs and cut back on immigration, an idea the citizens in the northern part of the country would find particularly appealing.

Mr. Macron won many urban and suburban areas, as expected, as his voting base is generally considered to live a wealthier and urban lifestyle. He most notably won the capital city of Paris and its surrounding counties.

How the French Election Work

To be elected President of France, a candidate must amass at least 50% of the popular vote. Unlike the United States, France completely relies upon the popular vote to determine the winner of the race.

However, as the above results show, no candidate received at least 50% of the vote in the French Election. When this happens (and it happens often), the two top vote getters will move onto a runoff – simply a one-on-one faceoff – to determine who will become the next President of France. The popular vote is once again used to determine the winner of the election.

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron Will Face off In the Runoff

As the above chart shows, the top two vote getters in the 2017 French Election Were Emmanuel Macron, a self-described centrist who represents globalism and capitalism, and Marine Le Pen, a far right politician who represents nationalism and is strongly opposed to immigration. The two will compete in the upcoming round two, more commonly known as the runoff.

The Runoff Will Take Place on May 7th, 2017

The French People will had back to the polls on May 7th, 2017, a Sunday, to vote for either Ms. Le Pen or Mr. Macron. The results from the runoff will determine who will become the President of France.

The Establishment was Defeated

Both Mr. Macron and Ms. Le Pen do not represent the establishment parties in French Politics. Francois Fillon, a Republican, and Benoit Hamon, a Socialist, were both eliminated from participating in the runoff after failing to finish in the top two.

Ms. Le Pen is part of the National Front party, a Far-right political party founded by her father. Mr. Le Pen preached a strong Anti-Semitic and Anti-Immigration message to his followers, blacklisting the party from gaining any credibility. Ms. Le Pen has since kicked her father out of the party and has promoted a nationalistic and France-first message to a sudden surge of supporters.

Mr. Macron is a completely different story. A former Rothschild investment banker, Mr. Macron attempted to find a party that fit his globalist, pro-immigration, and pro-business beliefs. He was unable to match his beliefs to a French political party and decided to run as a self-described “centrist.” Despite the title he gave himself, many of his beliefs are progressive in nature and he has gained the support of many Progressives – including former U.S. President Barack Obama.

Leftist Protestors Took to the Streets to Protest the Results

Leftist protestors, claiming to represent the anti-fascists, took to the streets to show their anger over the results of the first round of the French Election. A total of 29 were detained in Paris; 3 were arrested. It has been reported, according to Fox News, that several businesses sustained damage and three demonstrators and six police officers were injured in the riots.

The Markets are Surging after the French Election Results

There were a few notable short term economic effects of the French Election on both France and the world:

  • France’s CAC Index spiked to a nine-year high
  • Germany’s DAX Index hit an all-time high
  • The euro traded at a five-month high

Many consider these achievements to be a direct factor of Emmanuel Macron’s first place finish in the first round of the French Election, as his proposed policies are very globalist-friendly, promote outsourcing, and center around staying in the European Union.

Marine Le Pen has Quit Her Seat in Her Party, the National Front

Soon after securing a bid into the runoff, Marine Le Pen resigned from the top spot in her political party, the National Front. Her reasoning has been to spend the remaining time focusing on campaigning in hopes of becoming the next President of France.

The Outgoing President has an Extremely Low Approval Rating

The outgoing of France, Francois Hollande, will leave office with an extremely dismal 4% approval rating. His failure to fix the declining economy and the escalating terror threat have turned the French people against their President.

Mr. Hollande pledged his support for Emmanuel Macron before the First Round of voting. Despite the low approval rating, Mr. Hollande’s endorsement of Mr. Macron seemingly did not have any effect on Mr. Macron’s numbers.

10 Facts: The Truth About the Upcoming French Election

Here are the facts and a short breakdown of each candidate in the upcoming French Election:

1. The Election Starts on 4/23/17

Polls open up at approximately 6 AM on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

2. How a French Election Works

Unlike an American Election, the French election is completely dependent on the vote of every single vote by a French citizen. A candidate must receive at least 50% of the popular vote to be elected President.

However, the playing field is much larger in a French Election as compared to an American one. That said, it is very tough for a single candidate to get 50% of the vote; instead, the frontrunner typically sits at half the percentage needed to win.

So, if none of the candidates receive 50% of the popular vote in round one, the election goes into a round two. This runoff, which will take place on May 7, 2017, will feature the two top vote-getters in round one in a head-to-head battle for the Presidency. The candidate with the majority of votes in the runoff is officially elected President of France.

3. 11 Running Candidates; 4 With a Shot of Winning

The large playing field we mentioned in fact #3 is 11 candidates strong, 4 of which are considered the major players to win the election. Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon, and Jean Luc Melenchon are the four candidates that are in the mix to make it to the runoff.

The sheer number of candidates prove of earlier point of how hard it is to reach that 50% in the popular vote.

4. Major Topics in the Election

There are two major topics the French are concerned about and will voice their opinions on the topics with their vote:

  • Security: France has seen their country continually attacked by radical Muslims, leaving many people hopeless that the government can protect its own people with the current measures in place. Also, France has been in a constant state of emergency since the Fall of 2015, affecting the daily lives of an everyday Frenchman. Tourism is down, also, due to the constant security threat. Most candidates are planning to increase security.
  • The European Union: After the shocking Brexit vote in Great Britain, French citizens are reconsidering their spot in the European Union. Their participation in the EU has led to an economic downturn to go along with a large swarm of migrants that have been nothing but an economic burden on the country. The candidates are specifically split on this issue, but the upcoming vote should determine what side many citizens are on.

5. Polls

Recent polls conducted by major news outlets have shown Emmanuel Macron leading with Marine Le Pen only a small percentage behind. The polls have also shown that Francois Fillon and Jean Luc Melenchon are behind, but still in the mix.

Of course, these polls do not sample the entire French population. The door is still wide open for any candidates to take the top two spots.

6. U.S. Presidents are Voicing Their Favored Candidates

As expected, former President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump have seemed to find their favored candidates in the French Election.

Mr. Obama’s choice is Emmanuel Macron. Both are progressives with a pro-globalism approach to foreign affairs. They even spoke on the phone the other day:

Mr. Trump’s choice is Marine Le Pen, who has been dubbed the “Female version of Trump” by many. Her France-first attitude matches President Trump’s America-First attitude.

Breakdowns of Each Candidate

To finish the final four facts, here are the breakdowns of the four candidates running for the office of Presidency:

Emmanuel Macron

Mr. Macron is a self-described centrist with many globalist and progressive beliefs. After failing to find a political party that matched his beliefs, Mr. Macron created his own party and is the only member.

Mr. Macron’s plan is to decrease corporate taxes, increasing funding for defense and police forces, and decreasing labor costs.

Other Notes: Emmanuel Macron is married to his former high school teacher and is a former investment banker.

Comparison: Barack Obama

Marine Le Pen

Mrs. Le Pen is part of the National Front party, a political party created by her father with extreme anti-Semitic and xenophobic sentiment. Marine Le Pen took over the party and immediately booted her father from it and transitioned to a less controversial party based on a France-first approach.

Mrs. Le Pen’s plan is to reduce immigration, aggressively fight Radical Islam, and leave the European Union and NATO.

Comparison: Donald Trump

Francois Fillon

Mr. Fillon is from the French Republican Party. Therefore, many of his beliefs are conservative in nature.

Mr. Fillon’s plan is to reduce immigration, end the 35-hour work week, and cut public spending.

Other Notes: Multiple members of the Fillon family were caught in a scandal in which they were paid for jobs they did not even show up to. This hurt Mr. Fillon’s numbers for some time, but he was able to quickly recover and get back into the thick of the race.

Comparison: Margaret Thatcher

Jean Luc Melenchon

Mr. Melenchon is considered a communist by many. He is part of the Left Front Party that attracts many former communists and aging revolutionaries.

Mr. Melenchon’s plan is to raise the minimum wage and raise taxes on the rich. Sound familiar?

Comparison: Bernie Sanders

10 Fast Facts: France Police Shooting

PARIS (RWB) – A tragic and fatal shooting took place today in Paris, France. Here are 10 facts of the latest attack on French soil:

1. Suspect Came out of Car and Shot

The attacker jumped out of the car he was driving and began to shoot his gun at a targeted group of people (read more below).

2. Targeted Police Officers

The attacker specifically targeted the police in his shooting. He first aimed at a group of policemen and then proceeded to shoot at a police van.

This attack on police comes at a time when more officers have been deployed on the streets in preparation for the upcoming election. Recent attacks at rallies for the candidates, specifically Marine Le Pen, have sparked a uptick in the number of policemen guarding major places of interest.

Also, more policemen have been deployed recently to thwart any potential terrorist attacks that have rattled all of France in the past few years and have caused a constant state of emergency throughout the country.

3. Armed with an Automatic Weapon

Police have now confirmed that the attacker used an automatic weapon to carry out the shooting, not unlike other recent shooting that have targeted Frenchmen and woman on French soil.

4. One Officer dead, Two Others Wounded

The attack left one police offer dead and two others injured. No civilians were injured in the shooting, but many civilians in the area quickly fled at the sound of gunshots.

5. Shooter Killed

Policemen not injured in the shooting were able to take down the gunmen by fatally shooting him, stopping any more potential casualties that could have taken place without the quick response by the police.

6. Took Place on Elysees Boulevard

The shooting took place on Elysees Boulevard in Paris, France, a popular tourist destination and also a very crowded street. Reports have claimed that many civilians and police were on the street at the time of the shooting.

7. Assailant was Labeled as an Extremist

The assailant, whose name has not been released by police yet, was on the country’s watch for some time. He was labeled an extremist by the country’s counter terrorism unit, but was never arrested nor imprisoned for his extremist beliefs.

Another important fact of the shooter is that he is a Belgian national. Many of the recent terror attacks have been carried out by terrorists that have most recently lived in Belgium, like the Paris massacre a few years ago.

8. ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

The belief that many had immediately after the attack was confirmed – this was an Islamist terrorist attack.

It quite shocking that the shooter did not scream “Allah Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) while carrying out the attack, as many Muslim terrorists do yell this statement while killing the “non-believers” to please their god.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no shock since the self-described Islamic State has been vocal to its supporters about hurting and killing police officers in various countries.

The latest ISIS-inspired attack increases the death toll of deaths due to Muslim terrorist attacks to 235, according to the Associated Press.

9. Police Investigation – Could There be Accomplices?

The French Police have opened up a complete investigation in to this attack, designating it a terror attack and investigating it as such.

The police and the national counterterrorism units are specifically looking to see if there were any accomplices in the attack, as there frequently are in terror attacks. Usually an attack is planned out by someone with good knowledge of the area and carried out someone willing to risk their lives for Allah, the Muslim God.

10. French Candidates and U.S. President Trump have offered Condolences

United States President Trump was the first to offer his condolences for the French people. He stated that this attacks “looks like another terrorist attack,” and he was right before investigators were able to confirm his statement.

The three most notable French candidates in the upcoming election, Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, offered their condolences to the dead police officers and their families. Mr. Fillon and Ms. Le Pen have shown anti-Islamic sentiments during the campaign, while Mr. Macron has been vocal about accepting refugees into society.

Orly Airport Attack (Facts/Summary)

Yesterday, a civilian was shot to death in the Orly Airport in Paris, France, when he attempted to grab a soldier’s gun. The Associated Press has just now reported that the man had taken the Special Forces officer hostage with an air gun and had then tried to steal the soldier’s high power assault rifle before being shot by another on-duty soldier. It has also been reported that the man had attempted to use the soldier, who has not been named, as a human shield to avoid being shot. Ultimately, he failed, as the guards fired eight rounds at the man.

The man was later identified as 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French-born citizen who has been on France’s watch list after drug and robbery charges, and had even served prison time and was later monitored by French authorities. Earlier in the day, Ben Belgacem had been stopped by police for speeding, in which he pulled out his pellet gun and fired at a group of three policemen who had pursued him, injuring one officer who will recover after getting shot in the head with the gun that is for use on birds. French broadcaster BFMTV reported that the attacker had text messaged a friend that reads: “I screwed up, I shot the police.” After the initial attack, which happened at about 6:50 AM Paris time, he hijacked and stole a car to avoid further police detection.

During the attack on the airport, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins has noted that the attacker had invoked the name of Allah, the Muslim god, and yelled “whatever happens, there will be deaths”. This tidbit of information is particularly of interest because France’s security and intelligence services have labeled Ben Belgacem as a “radicalized Muslim,” according to Independent/UK. He had also been a subject in an investigation into potential jihadis in France in 2015, but was not placed on the high-level threat list. From the information gathered, it seems conclusive that Ziyed Ben Belgacem is an Islamic terrorist.

This is yet another Islamist terror attack on France, who has recently been riddled by deadly assaults in Paris and Nice and has been on