News from the Capitals #31

by RPP colleagues

 

Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week. 

 

France 

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the “Rassemblement National” (far-right political party) are leading in the first round of the French presidential election.  The abstention rate in the first round reached 28.3%, according to OpinionWay.  

In 2017, 22% of voters did not go to the polls. On Sunday 24 April, Marine Le Pen will face Emmanuel Macron in the rematch of the 2017 presidential election. For this second round, the candidate of the “Rassemblement National” hopes to achieve a much better score than the 33.9% in the second round of 2017. With 23% of the vote in the first round, will she be able to bypass the Republican front that has been reconstituted against her? 

The outgoing President, who came out on top in the first round, started campaigning again this Monday morning in Denain (North of France). Accused of not going down in the arena until then, Emmanuel Macron changes strategy. 

The exact date of the debate for the second round is not known yet but it seems that it will be next Wednesday evening.  

The specialists predict that Macron will win the second round but this time by a very small margin.  The legislative elections will then be decisive if the current president wants to govern with his majority. 

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