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April 23, 2017 Confirmed

France

French Republic

Election for President (President of France)

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France: Presidential, 23 April 2017

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of France

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State:  President Francois HOLLANDE (since 15 May 2012)
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Bernard CAZENEUVE (since 6 December 2016)
  • Assembly:  France has a bicameral parliament consisting of the Senate (Senat) of 348 seats and the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) of 577 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in two rounds to a 5-year term.
  • If no single candidate achieves an absolute majority in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes will proceed to a second-round.

Last Election:

  • President Francois HOLLANDE of the Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) defeated incumbent President Nicolas SARKOZY of the Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire) in a second round vote, 51% to 48%.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Franciois Fillon
    • Republican Party (LR) / Les Républicains[1]
  • Benoit Hamon
    • Socialist Party / Parti Socialiste (PS)
  • Marine Le Pen
    • National Front / Front National (FN)
  • Emmanuel Macron
    • Independent: On the Move / En Marche  
  • Jean-Luc Mélenchon
    • Independent: Unsubmissive France / La France insourmise

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population:  62,814,233 (July 2016-excluding overseas regions)
  • Registered Voters:  46,066,499 (2012)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population:  34,124,393 (July 2016)
  • Is France a signatory to CEDAW:  Yes (17 July 1980)
  • Has France ratified CEDAW:  Yes (14 December 1980)
  • Gender Quota:  Yes
  • Female candidates in this election:  Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians:  238 (2015)
  • Human Development Index Position:  22 (2014)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  Very Low

Disability Data:

  • Is France a signatory to CRPD:  Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has France ratified CRPD:  Yes (18 February 2010)
  • Population with a disability:  9,422,135[2]
 

[1] The Union pour un Mouvement Populaire) (UMP) was renamed Les Républicains in May 2015.

[2] Calculated using WHO estimate of 15%.