rench President Emmanuel Macron, who has officially run, remains the favorite in the French presidential elections scheduled for April, backed by an unenthusiastic campaign and the inability of his opponents to impose themselves.
Macron is keen to present himself as a statesman who focuses on topical issues from managing the health crisis in France to making diplomatic efforts in all directions on the Ukraine crisis
The French president’s support has been stable in opinion polls in recent months, which indicate that he obtained 25 percent of the votes in the first round of the presidential elections and that he would win the second round, whoever his opponent is.
Macron faces the powerful far-right, but it is divided between two candidates: Marine Le Pen (17.5% in the first round, according to a recent poll) and Eric Zemmour (15.5%), and the retreating left, which none of its four main candidates exceeds 10%.
The Republican right-wing candidate,Valérie Pécresse, who seemed to be Macron’s most dangerous rival, began to fall behind, according to opinion polls, with 15.5 percent of the vote.
Previous presidents have chosen the strategy of delaying until the last minute to announce their candidacy. This is what General Charles de Gaulle did in 1965 when he announced his candidacy just a month before the poll in a tactic he successfully copied with the socialist François Mitterrand in 1988.
Macron on Thursday announced he would run for a second term in the April French presidential election, seeking a mandate to steer the eurozone’s second-largest economy through the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic, according to AFP.
“Over the past five years, we have faced many trials together. Terrorism, the pandemic, war in Europe: rarely has France been faced with such an accumulation of crises,” the letter, which was published in several newspapers, began.