It is generally accepted that President Hollande's five years have been a complete catastrophy for France. Everyone is relieved that he will not stand for a second term.
The first round of the Presidential Election is on April 23 and the second on May 7, 2017.
There will be at least three "heavyweights from the Left : one from the extreme left (Melenchon), the winner of the Socialist Primary Election on January 29 and Macron.
Up to now the Favourites to reach the 2nd Round on May 7 have been Marine Le Pen of the FN and François Fillon, the surprise winner of the Republican Party primary election. But now both are feeling the cold draught of falling popularity.
The independent Socialist, Emanuel Macron, who resigned as Minister of the Economy last August and who formed his own Party "En Marche", could spring a surprise and steal 1 of the 2 places everyone seeks ! His energetic campaign is drawing support and also alarming all the other candidates.
At present it is clear no one can hazard a real guess at which candidates will be in the run-off on May 7 !