Date 04/05/17 08:57
Presidential Election - A recent Presidential poll has shown that the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is the only region in France where Marine Le Pen will take the majority of voting intentions. The National Front candidate is credited with 50.5% of votes for the second round on Sunday. Figures show Emmanuel Macron on 49.5% for the region and according to the poll is predicted to win the election on a national level with 59% of the vote.
Date 04/05/17 07:00
Presidential Elections - The independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen have participated in one of the most aggressive television debates in French Presidential history. Both candidates traded personal insults and clashed over how to fix the French economy and fight terrorism on Wednesday night. In the prolonged two-and-a-half-hour debate Macron branded Le Pen an ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously nationalistic and a “hate-filled” liar who “fed off France’s misery” and would bring “civil war” to the country. She in turn called the former economy minister an arrogant, spoilt, cold-eyed, “smirking banker” intent on “butchering France” in favour of “big economic interests”. According to polls carried out following the debate people felt that the centrist candidate outperformed the far right leader.
Open Letter - The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region Christian Estrosi has published an open letter to the people of Nice five days ahead of the second round of the French Presidential Elections. In the letter Christian Estrosi delcares that "the National Front is not an answer to the problems of France.”
Presidential Elections - The mayors of Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vence, Saint-Laurent-du-Var and 14 other towns of the Côte d'Azur have appealed to voters to "block the National Front" in the wake of the Presidential Elections. The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region Christian Estrosi has launched a call to vote for Emmanuel Macron declaring that beyond the second round of the Presidential Election the Republicans will be committed to working alongside the centrist candidate. Meanwhile just over a hundred people gathered at Place Garibaldi in Nice on Sunday in protest against the National Front.