The Presidential Election in France will take place on April 22 , 2012. If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the votes, the two leading candidates will contest a second election 15 days later, on May 6, 2012.
All candidates must register the names of 500 sponsors before March 16, 2012. The list filed will be examined to eliminate all non-approved sponsors on the list. The end result will be that 10 to 15 candidates are qualified to present themselves for election on April 22, 2012.
Today there are approximately 40 Candidates but many will be eliminated because they have failed to obtain the signatures of 500 valid sponsors.
The main Candidates who as of today, are expected to figure on the final list of Official Candidates, are detailed in the next article entitled "PRESIDENTIALS 2012: THE PROBABLE CANDIDATES "