French elections: 11 contenders to debate


All 11 French presidential candidates will go head-to-head in debate on french BFM TV and RMC at 20:30 Paris time.

The reason

Unlike the first debate, which took place on the channel TF1 on March 20 with only 5 candidates, this time all 11 candidates for the French presidency will speak at once.

The decision to hold the debates with all presidential candidates was made after the participants expressed their dissatisfaction with the selection  of the canditates-to-debate on the basis of public opinion polls. Marin Le Pen called this selectivity of TF1 "non-democardical".

The current situation

The polls suggest that Marin Le Pen can confidently win in the first round, she has a stable 25 percent. Rothschilds' candidate Emmanuel Macron can take a second place in the first round of the French presidential election in 2017.

Fillon is on third place. He is weakened by by an alleged corruption scandal and significantly by his statement that "Russia is a dangerous country," and the political regime in Russia is "undemocratic."

First debate

Marin Le Pen was the most confident in the first debate. She indicated that as the president shw would become "the guarantor of the independence of the people and the territorial integrity of the country."

Jean-Luc Melanchon was also convincing. His goal in the event of his election as president will be "overthrowing" the monarchical dictatorship of financial capital and the establishment of the "sixth republic." He stressed the importance of France's withdrawal from NATO.

Fillon performed relatively poorly. His behavior was "apologetic".

Emmanuel Macron was extremely flimsy. It can be explained by the fact that Macron's pratform is not very elaborated. It was presented only on March 2 (later then all other candidates) and contains many empty and abstract points.