French President Emmanuel Macron, who will win the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday, said he is ready to “unify convictions and sensibilities” in the second round.
“Nothing has been decided” for the second round, Macron said, noting that the final result of the presidential elections “will be decisive for France and Europe,” praising “the clarity regarding the far right,” referring to candidate Marine Le Pen, who came in second place, according to Polls.
“Your trust honors me and commits me (…) We will not make mistakes,” Macron said, expressing his readiness to find new solutions “to unify convictions and sensibilities”, in order to achieve victory in the second round to be held on April 24.
At the Porte de Versailles – the same place where he celebrated passage to the second round in 2017, also with the National Union candidate (far right, Marine Le Pen – the outgoing French head of state urged voters to do their best and promised to do the same to renew his term).
Macron said his project is the “only project” that can help restore purchasing power and workers’ power and fight poverty.
“I want to reach all those who want to work for France. (…) I want to convince them in the coming days that our project responds more strongly than the project of the far right to the fears and challenges of the times”, he added.
The French president – who spent election night with his wife Brigitte – said he wanted France to “surmount the climate and environmental challenge” and oppose “Islamic separatism”.
Without any victory in his speech, Macron thanked the majority of the defeated for asking to vote for him in the second round and said he was aware that this endorsement did not imply direct support for his programme.
“Some will vote for me to stop the far right. I know that they will not support the project that I represent. I respect that,” emphasized the current president.
Some left-wing candidates – Anne Hidalgo (socialist), Yannick Gadot (environmental scientist), Fabien Roussel (Communist Party) and Philippe Bhutto (worker and trade unionist) – appealed in the first round of the French presidential election to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round, to arrest Le Pen. So did the moderate right-wing candidate, Valerie Pecres.
In the dilemma between choosing to vote for Macron or to abstain, radical leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in this first round of the presidential election, is letting his supporters act on their “conscience”, asking them not to give “a single vote to Marine Le Pen” “.
About 48.7 million French voters were called to the polls today for the first round of the presidential election, which presents 12 candidates for themselves.
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