There are 10 official candidates who can participate in the first round of voting on Sunday 22 April 2012. The official electioneering to determine who will be the next President of France for the next five years will start on Thursday March 22. As you know, some candidates have already been on the road for six months and more !!!
Opinion Polls have clearly identified two groups of candidates, - those with a real chance of becoming President, and the "No Hopers".
Realistic Candidates: POLLS
François Hollande Socialist Party 27.5 %
President Sarkozy Centre Right 27.5
Marine Le Pen National Front 17.5
François Bayrou Democrat 13.0
Jean-Luc Mélenchon Exteme Left 11.0
sub-total 96.5 %
Total Other Candidates 3.5 %
Eva Joly The Greens
Nathalie Arthaud Workers Struggle Dupont
Dupont-Aignan Against the EU
Philippe Poutou Anti Capitalist
Jacques Cheminade Independent
The percentage indicated for each candidate reflects their approximate share of poll votes. These can vary and frequently do.
From news reports you are probably aware that a man shot four Jews, including a teacher and his two children, in a Jewish school early this morning (March 19) in Toulouse. With the same gun he last week shot three soldiers, two Muslims and a black man !!! Emotions are running high in France and people are indignant that this could happen. Two hundred specialized police are engaged on the case in order to capture this man.
All the candidates have therefore decided to cancel all their political engagements until Wednesday evening, March 21.