French 1st Round Presidential Election: 23rd April 2017
French voters went to the polls to elect their next President; the key focus was on the performance of Marine Le Pen. The first round was 23 April with the second round on 7 May. 7 May was a run-off vote between the top two candidates - Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
1 May 2017
Following his Presidential election victory, Emmanuel Macron has now named hiscabinet. The list represents a broad swathe across the political spectrum, although PM Edouard Philippe and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire both come from right of the political centre. Attention will now turn to National Assembly elections on 11/18 June. A recent Opinionway poll suggested that Macron’s République en Marche (REM) party will take 280-300 of the 535 (mainland) seats (of 577 in total). But France’s two stage system introduces more uncertainty to polling, and whether REM will gain an overall majority will at least partly depend on whether the Socialist vote collapses as it did in April.