Macron widely favored for second term: ‘You don’t change captain in a storm’

French President Macron is running for election. He has officially announced his candidacy for the presidential election in France, which will take place just over a month later.

“I am now committed to defending values ​​threatened by world chaos,” he said in the open letter.

Macron, 44, has been president since 2017. He is well ahead of his rivals in the polls, meaning he is poised to win the election by a wide margin and run for another five years. The past two decades have witnessed the re-election of a sitting president in France: the right-wing Jacques Chirac was the last president in 2002.

“accumulation of crises”

“It was not unusual for France to be lagging behind in the crisis like today,” Macron wrote. “We’ve been dealing with terrorism, epidemics and war in Europe for the past five years.”

In an open letter published tonight, the president urges that he and the French must work together for a new France and a new Europe. Especially now, with violence in Ukraine. “The election campaign will of course go differently than I would like given the circumstances,” Macron said without going into details. Soon he will reveal the details of his election manifesto.

The president has been at the top of all polls for months.

Many French people have been positive about Macron’s policies in recent years. The corona policy, which has been a priority for the past two years, is also supported by many. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced today that the vaccination registration and the mouth mask obligation (which still applies in some places) will be lifted from March 14.

Remarkably, Macron’s popularity has increased even more in recent days. The president won 2 percentage points in a poll last weekend as all of his main rivals saw his supporters plummet. According to many experts, this has partly to do with the war in Ukraine.

Valérie Pécresse, called in France, has already been called “Emmanuel Macron’s nightmare”. Nieuwsuur spent an afternoon with him:

In times of crisis, many voters prefer stability and security. You don’t switch ship captains during a storm. This plays into the game of the outgoing president.

Also, some of his opponents have supported Russia and President Putin in the past or recently. Now he is being blamed for this, along with the war in Ukraine.

admiration for Putin

This concerns, for example, the radical right Éric Zemmour and the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The radical right-wing Marine Le Pen also said years ago that she “admired” Putin. He and his party have borrowed money from Russian banks in the past.

Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen urged France to leave NATO’s (military) leadership. This too is now a sensitive issue, as NATO and its member states are busy preventing the war in Ukraine from spreading to Western Europe.

“Great Power Statesman”

Emmanuel Macron has been handling the crisis in Ukraine in recent weeks in a way that many French people appreciate. He conducted intensive international consultations and visited Kiev and Moscow. That didn’t stop the war, but Macron behaved like a great statesman, something many French people like to see.

Other presidential candidates are often seen as “marginal commentators” on the war in Ukraine. Macron is on the ground.

Since the Russian invasion, he has addressed the public twice in a video message. And in both speeches, he said, “I’m here to protect you.” With this, Macron took on the role of “father of the country” and is also something the French expect and value from their president.

Conflict

“Emmanuel Macron is the only presidential candidate whose image among the French has been improved by the war,” said Gaël Sliman of research firm Odoxa. Tonight, he released a poll showing that 29% of voters have become more positive about Macron because of the war in Ukraine. “For all their main rivals, the war is usually bad news because of their popularity.”

Friday, March 4 is the last day on which presidential candidates can register and receive the necessary 500 statements of support. The Constitutional Council will announce the official list of candidates on Monday. The elections will take place in two rounds: April 10 and April 24.

Source: NOS

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