French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Belfort, eastern France, February 10, 2022.
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president Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Thursday that he will run for a second term as French leader.
Macron had delayed his announcement to address other priorities, most notably Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, electoral laws stipulate that candidates had until Thursday of this week to throw their hats into the race.
“We haven’t achieved everything we set out to do. There are decisions that I would probably make differently with the experience I got from you,” Macron said in a letter published by French newspapers on Thursday evening, according to Reuters.
The first round of the French elections will take place on April 10th. Opinion polls point to a second Macron presidency, but newcomers from the right wing of the political spectrum are hoping to challenge that.
Valerie Pecresse, the centre-right candidate, will be given a fair chance against Macron if she makes it to the second round. However, this task is in the hands of anti-immigration politicians Marine Le Pen and is in jeopardy Eric Zemmour currently in second and third place in the post-Macron polls.
Macron was elected on a pro-EU platform back in 2017 and vowed to reform the French economy. After massive protests by the so-called “yellow vest” movement, Macron’s popularity is currently being boosted by his attitude towards Moscow.
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/frances-emmanuel-macron-confirms-hes-running-for-a-second-term.html Frenchman Emmanuel Macron confirms his candidacy for a second term