Home About Kuna Advertise Contact Us Kuna's Bureaus Services KUNA training center Term Of Use
Register Login
facebook Twitter Youtube rss
  
His Highness the Amir, Saudi King exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings      His Highness the Amir exchange eid Al-Fitr greetings with Bahraini leaders      His Highness the Amir exchanges Eid Al-Fitr greetings with Jordan King      His Highness the Amir, Omani Deputy PM exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings      His Highness the Amir exchange eid Al-Fitr greetings with Qatari Amir      Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled discusses regional issues with counterparts      27 buildings don't meet fire safety standards in Britain - Min.      Trump sends "warm greetings" to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr      Second bombing attack in Idlib leaves 10 people dead
  Politics
Five top candidates hold 1st French presidential election debate
20/03/2017 | LOC23:49
20:49 GMT
| World News
تصغير الخطالشكل الأساسيتكبير الخط
PARIS, Mar 20 (KUNA) -- Five of France's leading candidates who will take part in the forthcoming first round of the presidential election on April 23 are holding a live debate Monday on national television to air their positions and differences on many topics.
Top two candidates, centrist and former investment banker and minister, Emmanuel Macron, are expected to joust with his leading rival, far-right National Front leader Marine le Pen, as the two look likely to qualify for a run-off round to decide the winner on May 7.
Other participants include Republican conservative Francois Fillon, who has fallen from grace in the polls because he is mired in a corruption scandal involving "fake jobs" he allegedly gave to his wife and children, and he is under scrutiny for other potential financial improprieties.
Fillon, who last January was the leading candidate to win the presidency, has now fallen back into third place and seems unlikely to be able to qualify for the May run-off, although there remain many weeks to go in the race and Le Pen is also under judicial scrutiny for alleged financial fraud involving the European Parliament.
Socialist party contender Benoit Hamon is also in the debate, but the Socialists have suffered low popularity in line with the dissatisfaction with the Presidency of Francois Hollande and the politics of his Socialist government.
The fifth contender in the debate is Jean-Luc Melenchon, a radical left fire-brand, who is calling for an overhaul of the political system, is very unlikely to get majority support.
As it stands, Macron and Le Pen are neck-and-neck in polls for the first round, with about 26 percent of voting intentions, each. Fillon is a distant third with between 18-20 percent, Hamon is around 14 percent and Melenchon is around 10 percent.
If these scores hold, Macron will face Le Pen in the second round on May 7, as the 39-year-old centrist is tipped to win and could very well become the youngest president ever to hold office in France. (end) jk.hb
 Print
  Email
 Save
Share
Share
Kuwait Vision
 
News Brief
 


KUNA publishes a book titled (His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: A Humanitarian Leader) to commemorate the UN honoring of Kuwait's leader

 
Most Read Most Emailed  
1.   Kuwaiti leadership exchanges greetings on advent of Eid Al-Fitr
2.   Crescent Sightseeing Authority: Eid Al-Fitr begins tomorrow
3.   Muslim World League condemns terror attack in Makkah
4.   MoI takes precautionary, preventive measures for Eid al-Fitr
5.   Arab League strongly condemns Makkah Grand Mosque failed plot
6.   Egypt strongly condemns attempted attack on Makkah
 
 
kuna magazien

 
Publications

 
WEATHER
PRAYER
CURRENCIES
KUWAIT AIRPORT
About KUNA KUNA SERVICES USEFUL LINKS KUNA ARCHIVE KUNA PUBLICATIONS
Home
About Kuna
Advertise
Contact Us
Kuna's Bureaus
Services
KUNA training center
Term Of Use
Read The Whole Newscast
Pictures (during the week)
FTP Service
KUNA Reader
SMS Services
الكويت فى ذاكرة الأيام
Job Application
Careers
Arab News Agencies
International News Agencies
Governmental Institutes
other useful links
Prayer Times
News Archive
Other News Services
Today In Kuwait's History
Events
Training Sessions
Videos
All KUNA right are reserved © 2012. This site is designed and published by IDS