French Elections: Leading Candidates Are Neck And Neck

Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a meeting in Marseille, southern France. Marine Le Pen, whose passion for politics and far-right values were forged in the cradle, is making her second bid for the French presidency, hoping this time to break through the ceiling of fear that stopped her father from winning in 2002.
Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a meeting in Marseille, southern France. Marine Le Pen, whose passion for politics and far-right values were forged in the cradle, is making her second bid for the French presidency, hoping this time to break through the ceiling of fear that stopped her father from winning in 2002. Michel Euler / AP Photo
Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a meeting in Marseille, southern France. Marine Le Pen, whose passion for politics and far-right values were forged in the cradle, is making her second bid for the French presidency, hoping this time to break through the ceiling of fear that stopped her father from winning in 2002.
Far-right leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a meeting in Marseille, southern France. Marine Le Pen, whose passion for politics and far-right values were forged in the cradle, is making her second bid for the French presidency, hoping this time to break through the ceiling of fear that stopped her father from winning in 2002. Michel Euler / AP Photo

French Elections: Leading Candidates Are Neck And Neck

French voters head to the polls this weekend for the first round of a race that’s been described as everything from “unprecedented” to “a bit bonkers.” 

That’s because of the eleven candidates running, there is no real clear frontrunner. The latest polls put the leading four candidates within a few percentage points of one another. Thirty percent of voters are still undecided. 

The world is watching to see if far-right populist Marine Le Pen will make the cut. Le Pen is the only woman in the race and has presented herself as the candidate who can defend French women. 

For more on the heated race we turn to Guillaume Labat, executive director of recruitment at YER USA and a board member of the organization French in Chicago.