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Emmanuel Macron
Mrs Le Pen is using this situation to her political advantage, because what she does is stir up political activists in a parking lot. I want everyone who lives and works in this region to know: if she's elected, this factory will shut down. And I can name dozens more in this case. That's what makes us different, in our method and in substance.feedback
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You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about French election 2017. 411 people are quoted and you can read 940 citations of them about French election 2017. Francois Hollande, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Francois Hollande said: “France has lost one of its bravest sons. They deserve our esteem, our solidarity, our admiration.”.
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All quotes about French election 2017

Mounir Mahjoubi - Trend Micro

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Marine Le Pen

My opponent has a vision that is disembodied. He only has eyes for the big cities. He is addressing them. The election is not done. The oligarchy has already installed Emmanuel Macron in the president's seat. The people will reserve a major surprise for the oligarchy.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

What [hacking] groups? From where? Why Russia? This slightly reminds me of accusations from Washington, which have been left hanging in mid-air until now and do not do their authors any credit.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on – he is on the side of the corporations. I am on the workers' side, here in the car park, not in restaurants in Amiens. I am the candidate of workers, the candidate of the French who don't want their jobs taken away. With me, their factory won't close!feedback

Marine Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron is with the oligarchs, with the Medef (the employers' association) ... I am with the French workers. When I heard that Emmanuel Macron was coming here and did not plan to meet the workers, did not plan to come to the picket line but would shelter himself who knows where in the chamber of commerce ... I considered it was such a sign of contempt for the Whirlpool workers that I decided to ... come here and see you.feedback

Éric Coquerel

You've got to look at where the criticism is coming from. It's coming from those whose policies have favored the development of the National Front, from the Socialist Party. We don't want to help Marine Le Pen, but we don't want to endorse Mr. Macron. He's the candidate of free trade. He's going to assist in the Uberization of society. Everything we are going to fight against in the coming months. There's no possible rapprochement.feedback

Wallerand de Saint Just

After Marine Le Pen is elected, it is possible that personalities from other parties will want to run under the National Front banner. We will change our list of candidates accordingly. If she is elected, this will be a major disruption in French political life, and in other parties as well. We will be the most important, if not the only force of opposition to Macron. We would seek to be a pivotal force in the Parliament.feedback

Dominique Reynié

It's amazing what he's doing. It's a masterpiece to become a president so quickly and so young, but the political situation fundamentally is very, very dangerous. To have someone like Macron trying to make a majority with left and right, is like the last chance for the political system.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Even though we still expect the ECB to give its first signs of tapering at the June or July meeting, it looks extremely unlikely that the ECB wants to steer market expectations in between the first and second rounds of the French presidential elections.feedback

Loic Guezo - Trend Micro

There is always some technical uncertainty when it comes to attribution. But we have analysed the operating tactics with data compiled over two years, which allowed us to determine the source. To focus on such a range of targets over such a long time, you need plenty of human and financial resources.feedback

Jim Reid - Deutsche Bank

It would take a numerical shock perhaps 5-10 times larger than Brexit or Trump for Le Pen to win. The pre-first round polls have been relatively accurate, so Macron should rightly be red hot favourite now.feedback

Robert Jan van der Kraats - Randstad

Reforms are absolutely necessary to give France back any economic power. The French market has a great supply of people due to the unemployment. We are very much dependent on the strength of the French economy overall and it is clear that France needs some improvements and some reforms. Competitiveness in Europe plays a big, big role. If you're the most expensive one, being France, and you have Poland nearby, or even Portugal at just north of 8 euros, the competitiveness plays a big role.feedback

Edouard Lecerf

Macron's strength is that even if he isn't the first choice for the 50 per cent of the first-round voters whose preferred candidates were eliminated in the first round, he is still seen as acceptable by many of them, whereas Marine Le Pen isn't. That would left a reserve of voters whom she could mobilise for the second round but it didn't happen as the first-round turnout was high, at nearly 80 per cent. Only about one-third of those who voted for Fillon will be tempted to vote for Marine Le Pen in the second round. The rest will vote for Macron or abstain.feedback

Olivier Peguy

Marine Le Pen has made it the starting point of her national conquest, a conquest that risks once again to clash against the wall created by the other candidates who're calling for an Emmanuel Macron vote.feedback

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis

Four million copies of a leaflet and several hundred thousand posters will be printed and stuck up everywhere in France. Thousands of door-knocking operations and hundreds of meetings will be organised by our politicians and activists over the coming weeks because it is out of the question that we let France lose its soul.feedback

John C. Kornblum

For the sake of world psychological health, it would be better if Macron won.feedback

Kathleen Brooks - GAIN Capital

Equity markets are putting a lot of faith into Macron. He first has to win the second round of the French presidential election and get the keys to the Élysée Palace, but then his newly formed party has to do well in the national assembly elections in June.feedback

Etienne Cardiles

I suffer without shame, you will not have my hatred. At that moment in that place, the worst happened. It was one of those events that everyone dreads while hoping it will never happen. You will stay in my heart forever. Let's remain dignified… let's live in peace.feedback

Francois Hollande

France has lost one of its bravest sons. They deserve our esteem, our solidarity, our admiration.feedback

Thu Lan Nguyen - Commerzbank

This (the second round) is going to be a non-event for the market. Markets have pretty much priced out the risk of a Le Pen victory, and rightly so, because the first round of the elections has shown that the polls in France were correct...and this increases the confidence in the polls for the second round...It's highly likely that (Macron) is going to win.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Markets are surmising that Emmanuel Macron is a dead certainty to be French President in two weeks' time, and while this is probably the most benign outcome at a time of rising populism it completely overlooks the challenges facing the new French President when he or she takes office on May 8.feedback

Michael Hewson - CMC Markets

Today's UK public finance data for March is expected to show an increase from the £1.1bn in February to about £2bn keeping the government on course to reducing its overall borrowing on an annualised basis, with the OBR forecasting that the deficit this year would come in around £51.7bn.feedback

Louis Aliot

I'm not convinced that the French are willing to sign a blank check to Mr. Macron.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Whatever you do, I will marry you! She helped me believe in my political destiny.feedback

Marine Le Pen

Change is obviously not going to come from the heir of (outgoing president) Francois Hollande and his disastrous mandate of failures.feedback

Konstantin Kosachyov

First impressions from French election is that it resembles the fight between Clinton and Trump in the US, between the desire to stick to the old policies on one side and the hope for change on the other. As expected, the losing candidates are already supporting Macron. Le Pen can count only on herself. But hope dies last.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

Seeing French and EU flags together, welcoming the results of Emmanuel Macron, that's the hope and future of our generation.feedback

Eric de La Fouchardiere

I fought against (Socialist President Francois) Hollande for five years and cannot back his heir.feedback

Sylvain Crepon

They're preparing for afterwards, for 2022. Macron is paradoxically the best opponent for Le Pen. Not in terms of second round score, because he was the one (out of the first round contenders) seen beating her most heavily, but because, since everybody is backing him in France and in Europe, she can bill him as the establishment, globalization candidate and present herself as the best alternative.feedback

Francois Hollande

Faced with such a risk, it is not possible to remain silent or to take refuge in indifference.feedback

Donatella Basdereff

We've been working for months, lots of calls, emails, speaking to lots of people and it's nice to know we were heard. I hope that over the next fortnight we can convince people about our project, not just because there's no other choice, and they realise that Macron is really the best chance for France and Europe.feedback

Thierry Albert Wizman

It's going to be hard to hold it down now that the French election is over and the data is OK. I don't think we're going to end the year much different from here but in the near term there's definitely some momentum.feedback

Olivier Faure

It's clearly the end of something but the beginning of something too. Now it's our responsibility to recreate a political proposition with wide-ranging appeal so that we can again embody a hope for the French people once more.feedback

François Fillon

As of now, I accept full responsibilitv. This defeat is my own, and it is up to me and me alone, to carry it.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It's important for France because he has the courage and the strength to lead the country out of its lethargy.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will protect individuals but we must be a land of freedom for innovation and creation, because that's in our DNA.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Nationalism is war. I know it. I come from a region that is full of graveyards. The trap you are falling into, Madame Le Pen, with your provocations, is to divide society. It's truly barbarous and it's part of a past that we need to confront by apologising to those against whom we committed these acts.feedback

Martin Michelon

He worked as an investment banker, which makes him hated, openly, by a part of the population who like nothing more than to criticize banks. But it is a funny argument, because people say, He is a banker, he has no political experience, he's never been elected.' But at same time, [they] criticize people like [Francois] Fillon or Marine Le Pen who have been elected or been in politics their whole life.feedback

Martin Michelon

Macron is a superstar in London, Berlin, Montreal – basically all the cities that French entrepreneurs have emigrated to to pursue business opportunities, especially in the startup world.feedback

François Fillon

This hatred of our history, this constant repentance is undignified for a presidential candidate. It wasn't so long ago that Mr. Macron recognised some of the positive aspects of colonisation. This means that Emmanuel Macron has no spine. He's simply saying what people want to hear.feedback

Art Cashin

Right now, we're basically taking down hedges and other things that were put on worrying about the [French] election.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I'm on the ground to meet the French people to draw their attention to important subjects, including Islamist terrorism, on which the least we can say is that Mr Macron is weak. I am not limited to this or that category of French. I think that many will discover the background of Mr. Macron's project.feedback

Quincy Krosby - Prudential Financial

We want to see this week if the pattern continues. You have [President Donald Trump's] promise of a 'massive' tax reform. The market wants ... a little more on the detail, a little more on the timing. The government shut-down discussions are in the headlines ... and the geopolitical headlines could pop up at any time. For now, until we get closer to May 7, when we have the [French election] final round, the market is rejoicing.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

What we can be confident in is Macron will be the next president of France. We still don't know about policy and we don't know about the makeup of Parliament. This is the third European election where the national populist didn't win. There's not necessarily a major disruption of globalization coming from the political realm in Europe. One of the important issues is the [political] center is holding.feedback

Francis Ellison

I don't think we should be too complacent for all of these countries have had fairly substantial minority votes for far right candidates. Markets don't like uncertainty. We still have a bit of uncertainty because this is the first round only. Macron is not one of the most certain of candidates because he's not establishment. He'll find it difficult but not impossible to land a majority in the parliament.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

We have no comment. The stakes were high, the stakes were known, the choice was a fundamental one. Really the choice was between defending what Europe represents and another option which aims to destroy Europe. So it's a simple choice and our president therefore thought it would be worthwhile congratulating the candidate who defended the pro-European option. Many candidates, one choice.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We respect the choice of the French people. We are in favour of building good and mutually beneficial relations.feedback

Huw Pill - Goldman Sachs Group

The traditional left/right spectrum of political opinion maybe is dissolving, or at least is being paralleled with another spectrum going from the sort of Eurosceptic, more nationalistic side, towards a more internationalist, pro-European globalist side.feedback

Michael Ingram - BGC Partners

I think the market had been increasingly concerned that this four horse race might have thrown up two potentially candidates in this context, that would have been Le Pen verses Melenchon. Of course in the event that didn't happen and that's one of the reasons why you are seeing a risk rally this morning.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

These are utterly erroneous allegations, and rather primitive. Traditionally, Russia is ready and willing to build good relations with those who think the same way and who believe that the current differences can be settled only through dialogue, by taking into account mutual interests. It is wrong to say that Russia shows favoritism towards anyone among the candidates. Russia has never interfered, doesn't interfere and will never interfere into electoral processes in other countries. It is a very important election on the European continent.feedback

Benoit Hamon

The left, it's everything I am. It is my life.feedback

Georg Zachmann - Bruegel

Emmanuel Macron is not considered a Russia hawk. But he is not ignoring the challenge arising from Russia. More importantly, Macron wants to strengthen the EU, which runs against the interest of the Kremlin to weaken it. All other candidates were openly against or at least less enthusiastic about the EU. If Macron succeeds, the EU might continue to be able to defend its values on human rights and international law - even in times when the U.S. takes a more appeasing stance towards the Kremlin.feedback

Antonio Barroso

A Le Pen victory would mean a considerable shift in France's attitudes towards Putin given the National Front's strong links with Russian political and economic interests.feedback

Anne Devineaux

By pushing the two big parties out of the game, the French have provoked an unprecendented and profound political earthquake. They now have a choice between two contrasting candidates. Especially concerning Europe. One of the key subjects in the second round.feedback

Bruno Breisacher

I will vote again for Marine Le Pen in the second round, all while hoping, despite everything, to salvage what we can, that Mr Emmanuel Macron wins in the second round. It's a protest vote, because we're fed up. There are no jobs, the children don't have a future.feedback

Alex Maldgen

It was at the last minute that I had a look at their programmes and Fillon's corresponded more to the structure of what I was hoping for, but Macron's doesn't bother me, he is more a social-democrat and that works for me.feedback

Marine Le Pen

We cannot afford to lose this war. But for the past 10 years, left-wing and right-wing governments have done everything they can for us to lose it. We need a presidency that acts and protects us.feedback

Antonio Barroso

A number of left-wing figures have expressed scepticism towards Macron's policies on election night, providing only a lukewarm endorsement of the former economy minister.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want to be the president of patriots in the face of a threat from nationalists. From today I want to build a majority for a government and for a new transformation. It will be made up of new faces and new talent in which every man and woman can have a place.feedback

Benoit Hamon

I know that you're not expecting a reassembly of the same old world of politicians worn out by a fifth republic which is itself out of breath. I therefore call on you to fight as strongly and as powerfully as possible against the National Front, to fight the far-right by voting for Emmanuel Macron.feedback

François Fillon

Despite all my efforts, despite my determination, I have not been able to convince you. The obstacles put in my way were too great, too cruel. When the moment came, the truth of this election will be written. Right now, I take my responsibility. This defeat in mine, and it's mine and mine alone to bear.feedback

Marine Le Pen

This is a historic result and now I have the immense responsibility to defend the French nation its unity, its security, its culture, its prosperity and its independence. At the same time it can be interpreted as an act of French confidence in the future. The French must seize this historic moment because what is at stake is wild globalisation that endangers civilisation.feedback

Peter Oppenheimer - Goldman Sachs Group

As this has largely been the central expectation priced into the markets, we would expect any rally to be modest. French domestic stocks and the CAC 40 have not underperformed significantly as of late, and we do not expect them to rally materially following today's results, or after the second round of the election.feedback

Manuel Valls

We are in a phase of decomposition, demolition, deconstruction. We didn't do the work -- intellectual, ideological and political -- on what the left is, and we paid the price.feedback

Philippe Le Corre

I think a lot of people didn't take the chance… Not just the expats, but the majority of young professionals and urban voters have decided to give a chance to Europe and to the European project in particular, rather than give a chance to a backward candidate that would close the borders and leave the European Union. It's not just the establishment. The democrats, the center-right, the center-left will all vote for Macron. They will show up because they don't want to take a risk of seeing their country going backwards and turning its face against globalization and European Union.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The challenge from tonight is not to go and vote against whoever it might be; the challenge is to decide to break completely with a system that has been incapable of dealing with our country's problems for more than 30 years. They're taking the French for idiots. The French are consistent. That's why, six weeks later, they will give us a majority to govern and legislate.feedback

Grégoire Lory - Euronews

Jean-Luc Melenchon did not give any voting instructions for the second round. The leader of France Insoumise (France Untamed) is letting his voters decide for themselves, a stance welcomed by his supporters.feedback

Kingsley Jones

But I think signs are positive for a Macron victory. Let's think about why markets might want that. Some of it is the politics, but a big part of it is really Le Pen's strategy regarding the euro and her statements about wanting to leave. You redenominate debt and that would be just a lot of financial instability, not only for France but for Europe. And markets really aren't going to like that very much. But we're doing that slowly because there is a fair bit of volatility and risk out there still.feedback

Marine Le Pen

This is a historic result. The French must take the step for this historic opportunity. This is the first step to drive the French [people] into the Elysee Palace. It is time to liberate the French people from the arrogant [political] elite.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The equity market is breathing a sigh of relief for the moment. The worst case scenario of Le Pen heading in to the final round of voting with (far-leftist Jean-Luc) Melenchon has been avoided. That said, other geopolitical concerns are likely to limit a further rise by equities, such as tensions over North Korea which marks the 85th anniversary of its army's foundation this week.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Extremism can only bring misfortune and division to France. We are clearly turning a page of French political life.feedback

Marie Owens Thomsen - Indosuez

We can now conclude that (Frexit) is off the table, assuming that most people will now regard Mr. Macron as the likely winner of round two. But, the open question is still the June parliamentary election, what the future president's government will look like and whether or not he will have a majority.feedback

Norihiro Fujito - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

When the morning passed with nothing from North Korea, the sense of relief grew, and so the market extended its early gains. Stocks were already higher after U.S. shares rallied on relief after the French election.feedback

Adélaïde Zulfikarpasic - BVA Opinion

Emmanuel Macron attracted in his wake France that is doing well, an optimistic France, while Marine Le Pen has attracted the France that has been left behind by globalisation.feedback

Marine Le Pen

He is a hysterical, radical 'Europeanist'. He is for total open borders. He says there is no such thing as French culture. There is not one domain that he shows one ounce of patriotism.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Leftwingers and ultra-conservatives could yet hand the French presidency to the Front National candidate – by refusing to back Emmanuel Macron on 7 May. Many will have felt a huge sense of relief at the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the French presidential race – I certainly did. But to say the battle has been won against extremism and demagoguery, in this key test for liberal democracy in Europe, would be a daring assumption. Two weeks remain before the 7 May run-off, and that can be a long time in politics.feedback

Jean-Paul Delevoye

There will be a break-up of the Socialist party, which may have competing candidates in some constituencies, and a split of the conservatives between those who will seek revenge and those ready to cooperate. We have extremely credible candidates from the fields of science, charity, sports, business and academia, who would never have thought to enter politics with the traditional parties. Emmanuel Macron is a very practical person, he adapts to realities.feedback

Richard Ferrand

We need to be humble. The election hasn't been won and we need to bring people together to win.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

She will not be the next president of France, but I fear she might get 40%. It would be a second shock. We must remain vigilant to erect a barrier against the [Front National]. Le Pen qualified for the second round. She may have scored less in percentage terms than was expected, but it is frightening that she still got 7.6 million votes. It is too early yet to heave a sigh of relief. The election is not over.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

When the choice is set along these lines, for Jean Claude Juncker, who has spent 35 years of his life defending Europe's values and the need for cooperation, the choice is pretty obvious.feedback

Georges Fenech

The obstinacy of François Fillon and all those who blindly supported him opens a period of uncertainty for the nation.feedback

Christophe Guilluy

The rift between the global market's winners and losers has replaced the old right-left split.feedback

David Cormand

This party at La Rotunde is shameful in a political situation when the far right has qualified for the second round.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I'm on the ground to meet the French people to draw their attention to important subjects, including Islamist terrorism, to which the least we can say Mr Macron is weak on. Mr Macron has no project to protect the French people in the face of Islamist dangers.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I am attached to a strict approach to Brexit: I respect the British vote but the worst thing would be a sort of weak EU vis-a-vis the British. I don't want a tailormade approach where the British have the best of two worlds. That will be too big an incentive for others to leave and kill the European idea, which is based on shared responsibilities. The best trade agreement for Britain ... is called membership of the EU.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The first step that will lead the French to the Elysée has been taken. Either we continue on the path of total de-regulation, offshoring, mass immigration, free movement of terrorists, the reign of big money. Or you choose the France of borders that protects your identity.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In a year we have changed the face of French politics. The French people have expressed themselves. It is an honour and a responsibility. We are clearly turning a page of French political life.feedback

Jean-Francois Copé

It was said to be a fight which the right could not lose, and which has ended in a lamentable fiasco. The right has been swept away ... The right has just experienced its April 21.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I am certain that Emmanuel Macron will be the next president of France. Great for Europe.feedback

Raphael Brun-Aguerre - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

We thus expect him to try to form a cross-party coalition around a narrow set of reforms.feedback

Marine Le Pen

The choice now is between a wild globalization, a world in which terrorists can travel free, and a France with strong borders. It is time to free the French people from the arrogant elite. I am the candidate of the people.feedback

Steffen Seibert

It is good that Emmanuel Macron with his focus on strong EU + social market economy has success. Good luck for the next two weeks.feedback

Marine Le Pen

You have the choice of alternatives, the real one, not the one that's seen governments succeeding one another so that nothing changes. The one that I propose to you is the great alternative, the fundamental alternative which will put in place new policies, new faces and the renewal to which you aspire. It's obviously not the prolongation of Francois Hollande, and all of the failures of these five years, but it will be new changes that will come. It is time to free French people from the arrogant elites, who want to dictate to them. I am the candidate of the people.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

I am staying home. The game is over, Macron is president already. I have no job. Macron, Le Pen, all the same.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We're turning a page in French political history. We can't respond with the same men and the same ideas.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The power of the momentum behind me will be the key to my ability to lead and govern.feedback

Francois Miquet-Marty - Viavoice

It's more complicated than it looks – a new campaign is starting. Marine Le Pen is going to frame this as a face-off between Emmanuel Macron, the candidate of the globalized elite, and herself as the people's candidate. She has a line of attack that can hit the bull's-eye.feedback

Francois Kraus

He's going to adopt a rallying posture just like (former President Jacques) Chirac did in 2002.feedback

Richard McGuire - Rabobank

The assumption now is that centrist voters will rally around Macron, denying Le Pen the presidency and hence this will effectively be a pro-establishment, pro-European result which will be positive for risk appetite on Monday morning. We are likely to see a notable tightening of European sovereign spreads and this would also be positive for the euro and stocks.feedback

Anne Fulda

What's striking is he sets out, apparently with very little in his favour, but he throws himself into ventures. Some people find parallels between him and Napoleon Bonaparte in that he is direct and to the point.feedback

Gregoire Campion

I thought it was a wonderful love story. On top of that he was very well accepted by Brigitte's children. It's their personal story and I don't have to interfere in it but I think it is really beautiful. It's a proof of commitment, the same way as he commits himself for France.feedback

François Fillon

Extremism can can only bring unhappiness and division to France. There is no other choice than to vote against the far right. I will vote for Emmanuel Macron. I consider it my duty to tell you this frankly. It is up to you to reflect on what is best for your country, and for your children.feedback

Marion Marechal-Le Pen

For fifteen years, there has not been a pro-sovereignty candidate in the second round of a presidential election.feedback

Pierre Gattaz

Mélenchon is the Venezuela scenario, Le Pen is the Argentine scenario.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I want to be the president of all the people of France. The challenge is to open a new page in our political life and to take action so that everyone is able to find his or her place in France and in Europe.feedback

Mathilde Jullien

He represents France's future, a future within Europe. He will win because he is able to unite people from the right and the left against the threat of the National Front and he proposes real solutions for France's economy.feedback

François Fillon

Extremism can only bring about the misfortune and division of France.feedback

Charlotte Rousselet

He represents a new way to do politics, he promotes women, youth, people for the civil society and he's not afraid to say that he is pro-Europe.feedback

Thomas Joucla

I came here more out of curiosity than out of a feeling of disappointment. Fillon has called on us to vote for Macron in the second round, so we wanted to hear his speech.feedback

Christian Odendahl

In Berlin, there isn't a great sense of urgency. They see this as a marathon, not a sprint. There is a preference for incremental improvements in Europe rather than bold new projects.feedback

Jeromin Zettelmeyer - Peterson Institute for International Economics

If Macron is elected there is an historic opportunity which may not come around again. It will be very difficult for Germany not to engage with Macron on serious euro zone reform if he goes about this in the right way, reforming at home first and reassuring the Germans that Europe will not turn into a transfer union.feedback

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the first round is a huge relief, because Le Pen’s chances of beating him are slim. But politics in France will never be the same. Emmanuel Macron will be almost certainly be the next French president. And the relief is immense. The much anticipated domino effect following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election has not, so far, materialised. And the European project has won – at least for now. At Macron’s headquarters in Paris, a euphoric crowd was waving French flags, as well as many European ones. “C’est magnifique!”, his supporters kept saying. Being in the second round is a huge achievement, being the frontrunner even more so.feedback

Mikael Sala

France is on the point of disappearing; in two weeks we will be able to put this country in order. The mood is euphoric. France will have the taste of the happiness of having Marine Le Pen as the head of state.feedback

Daphne Atlani

It was a catastrophe. Our real questions were never answered. He has the experience. And I don't care that he paid his wife. They've all done that, and anyone in that position would do the same – it's just human nature.feedback

Laura Lili

Nowadays everything is made overseas. All we have are big franchises while French stores shut down. We're going to hit a crisis. He screwed it up. But everyone's done that. He's the best of all of them, for the future of France.feedback

Daphne Atlani

Being represented by Le Pen or Mélenchon, that's scary. I'm very frightened about the results.feedback

Laurence Azzéna-Gougon

We were worrying about of course the Front National, but I'm pretty confident that if François Fillon wins the first round ... he will win the second.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I've seen the emptiness of our political system from the inside...I reject this system.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I think we must once and for all have a spirit of responsibility at this extreme time and not give in to panic and not allow it to be exploited, which some might try to do.feedback

Dominique Reynié

The PS will have to profoundly reform itself, but we should not underestimate the survival reflex of those local men and women who have an elected mandate and who are determined to keep their jobs. They will push for the party to defend itself on the ground and not abandon everything. It will be the same for Les Républicains.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Also, for the last few years, Benoît Hamon has been an adversary of [President] François Hollande. Today Socialists are saying, You abandoned and betrayed us, you voted against us, you were disloyal to the party' … and he's being abandoned.feedback

Marc-Olivier Padis

Under 5% and the situation is really catastrophic. And it's possible. We are hearing many socialists wondering if they should vote Mélenchon or Macron. The only thing that can save the party in this election is if enough socialists vote for Hamon out of loyalty.feedback

Marc-Olivier Padis

Even back then there were major disagreements about almost everything except the need for alternating left-right governments. Today they don't even agree on that. This ideological divide at the centre of the party means the PS could disappear.feedback

Thierry Vedel

Marine Le Pen has made an effort for years: It's a sociological vote; it's a crisis; it's people who feel shut out of the system. Mélenchon is more complicated. Mélenchon's campaign is trying. We can't rule out that in the campaign, social media has had an effect. Today, social media doesn't always reflect opinion; that's the problem.feedback

Omar Ilys

With an attack such as this one, I think the National Front will get a good score. Therefore, I'm going to change my intention and I'm going to cast a useful vote. Either Melanchon, or Macron.feedback

James Shields

The election of either Le Pen or Melenchon would put Paris on a fast-track collision course with (EU officials in) Brussels). The election of Marine Le Pen would make Brexit look trivial by comparison.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

Any kind of serious contention that Le Pen wins or, the worst-case scenario, if we have Melenchon and Le Pen – the far right, far left – the only choice for France, could take the euro down to parity very quickly. The key question is can they really hold it together at this point. Can the union come together and create a more viable economic society for the rest of the European Union at this point. It's not so much even that [Le Pen] may win, it's a question of how big that whole populist vote is and how much discontent there is in the euro zone.feedback

Matthieu Croissandeau

The French are unfortunately getting used to terror attacks on home soil and I don't think this latest one created the shock and awe that might have made a significant difference.feedback

Paul Christopher

Markets seem to be behaving in a way suggesting there's no clear outcome priced. Therefore, we're expecting if Macron gets in, he probably beats whichever extremist would get on for the other spot, and that would be a positive market reaction. U.S. equities, risk assets around the world would go higher. Commodities, emerging markets, Europe, obviously would all go higher.feedback

Paul Christopher

If the ticket ends up being Le Pen, Melenchon, that would be a nightmare scenario. It's not really a Frexit scenario either. It's just the president cycle. I doubt you're going to get a National Assembly vote in June that would give a majority to either of them. My real concern is an extremist does two things. It shows populism hasn't faded in Europe and it means that reforms that were so painfully worked through in this last government could be rolled back. Those reforms really need to gain some further momentum so the economy can grow faster.feedback

Mark Cabana - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

There are more negative than neutral or positive scenarios. If Macron does make it to the second round that should take some of the tensions out of markets. As long as he makes it, some of these other very negative scenarios go away.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

Although Macron has been labelled as the favourite to become the next French President, an unexpected Marine Le Pen victory could deal a symbolic blow to the unity of the European Union and ultimately create a tidal wave of risk aversion.feedback

Russ Koesterich

The tone of the market is indicating a little bit more risk aversion than is evident if you look at that headline number. On the one hand the S&P 500 is not that far from its all-time high. But if you look at market action over the last month, you've seen definitely a defensive bid: Rates are down, gold is up, more defensive parts of the market have been doing better, [and] value has been struggling a bit. If we were to see a Le Pen administration, that would raise the risk ... of a French discussion about the EU.feedback

Jeremy Klein - FBN Securities

He crushes each of them, most notably Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, in a head-to-head contest. These two outsiders therefore have a much higher mountain to climb in a much shorter period than Donald Trump had when challenging Hillary Clinton.feedback

Peter Cardillo - First Standard Financial

Investors seem to be optimistic but there are factors dampening that optimism. The market is concerned over the French election.feedback

JJ Kinahan - TD Ameritrade

We've had a pretty decent week, so people are taking a bit of risk off the table ahead of the French election. Depending on how it goes, it could be really good or really bad for the euro.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election. I think we must one and all have a spirit of responsibility at this extreme time and not give in to panic and not allow it to be exploited, which some might try to do. I've heard Madame Le Pen saying again recently that with her in charge, certain attacks would have been avoided. There's no such thing as zero risk. Anyone who pretends (otherwise) is both irresponsible and deceitful.feedback

Mark Dowding - Bluebay Asset Management

On the assumption that the French election will provide a market-friendly winner, we believe that euro zone assets may be poised to rally strongly in the next few weeks as political risk declines. But the sheer unpredictability of a four-horse race creates a real sense of uncertainty. As a result we believe that it may be appropriate to wait until the start of next week before adding to positions.feedback

Marine Le Pen

We cannot afford to lose this war. But for the past ten years, left-wing and right-wing governments have done everything they can for us to lose it. We need the presidency which acts and protects us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election! First of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it's happening, it seems, I just saw this, I was walking in, so it's a terrible thing. It's a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the world today, but it looks like another terrorist attack and what can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant and I've been saying it for a long time.feedback

Mark W. Warner

French presidential candidates right now have been the subject of Russia propaganda and disinformation.feedback

Laith Khalaf - Hargreaves Lansdown

So far markets have been pretty sanguine in the face of the (French) presidential election, which was flagged as one of the potential banana skins for markets in this year, . There may be a bit of political weariness among investors, but also they may just be thinking that, actually, they're not going to place market bets based on political events, and that would be an entirely sensible strategy.feedback

Barack Obama

The main message I have is to wish you all the best in the coming days and make sure, as you said, that you work hard all the way through because, you never know, it might be that last day of campaigning that makes all the difference.feedback

Monique Guckert

We didn't vote for Jean-Marie Le Pen because he scared us. His ideas were too fascist, too racist. It was too much.feedback

Marc Etienne Lansade

He drove her crazy. Women understand Marine Le Pen, she's divorced, she has three children, she works – she's a modern woman.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

In such circumstances, the role of the president of the Republic as the army chief and guardian of our institutions is to protect the French. I am ready. What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election. No one knows. She won't be able to protect our citizens.feedback

Philippe Poutou

They are in the situation of external and internal war maintained by the state, and in the injustice and discriminations maintained in the suburbs.feedback

Vincent Juvyns - J.P. Morgan Asset Management

The official investiture of the new president will take place on the Sunday 14 May at the latest. In the case of Francois Fillon or Emmanuel Macron, they should in theory be able to form a rather stable government as they have a wide - direct or indirect - support in both houses. For Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon, it could be more challenging given there is low support in the lower and upper house and also because the legislative elections in June could oblige them to work with other political parties in their governments which would be less likely for Fillon or Macron.feedback

Jordan Rochester

If Marine Le Pen fails to gain as many votes as expected from the first round then the market will likely reduce the event risk for the second round considerably and EUR would rally. On the flipside, if she gains more votes than expected (29 percent or so to be meaningfully different from the polls) or if even more surprisingly if Mr Macron fails to make it into the second round then we think the market will seriously reassess the risks.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom stunned many observers, not only because the polls had misjudged popular sentiment but also because of what it told us about global populist sentiment. Brexit’s impact on the British government (David Cameron was forced to resign) and the future of Europe (the first significant rollback in the continent’s economic integration) is still playing out. But if you thought that was earthshaking, take a look at the French presidential election this Sunday, which arguably may have an even bigger impact on the United States and the West more generally.feedback

Wolfgang Schäuble

It is no secret that we will not be cheering madly should Sunday's result produce a second round between Le Pen and Melenchon. Political movements also belong to geo-political risks. I have big confidence in the republican rationality of the French.feedback

Marine Le Pen

This war is asymmetric and revolutionary. It is a war in which all the population, all the country is targeted – it is obviously a war we cannot lose. The Islamist, Salafist ideology has no right to be in France and should be banned. Preachers of hate should be expelled and their mosques closed.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We must not give way to panic, nor in any way allow any attempt to manipulate these events. The terrorists want to destabilise the country … at a time when the French are deciding on their future. She won't be able to protect our citizens.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

A vigorous offensive will be taken to fight Islamic radicalisation, especially on the internet.feedback

François Fillon

I have been warning that we are confronting an Islamic totalitarianism: in other words, an ideology that is radical, organised and expansionist. I've not stopped warning the government and my compatriots about the breadth and depth of that totalitarianism whose goal is to destroy our civilisation and crush all enemies from south-east Asia right up to west Africa.feedback

Masashi Murata - Brown Brothers Harriman

I think the consensus is that France in the end will choose some one other than Le Pen, somebody more moderate. But you can't say that for sure, after what happened last year.feedback

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

But if Le Pen were to get past the first round with a wide lead, the (market) impact could be large.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

We can actually celebrate a Fillon or a Macron victory because it would be a real change in complexion in terms of the business attitude in French politics.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

A couple weeks ago I would say she had no chance. It's a big deal. My guess is that over a multi-year period they'll have almost a parallel currency, and tell everybody over the next five years we're going to shift back to the French Franc. It's not something you can just rip a band-aid off because that would just be a disaster.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

I'm still having my fingers crossed that it's Macron that will end up winning and cooler heads will prevail.feedback

Alfonso Esparza

Euro bulls will definitely respond to positive news around Macron, but that dissipates as the reality of low turnouts sets in. Everybody remembers the Brexit polls and even the U.S. election polls. After those misses it is going to take a lot to make the markets trust them again.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our condolences from our country to the people of France. It is happening again. It is a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the world today but it looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant -- and I have been saying it for a long time.feedback

Diego Iscaro

If we have Melenchon and Le Pen advancing, we could see the spread widen significantly, maybe around 150 to 200 basis points.feedback

François Fillon

In the fight against militant Islam, like on everything else, Emmanuel Macron stance's is blurry.feedback

Damon Embling

People are not just betting a few euros on the French election. One person, for instance, has got 35,000 euros on Marine Le Pen to take the presidency. But the far-right leader is not the bookies' favourite here in the UK.feedback

Martin Kettle

A victory for Emmanuel Macron would be the best outcome for the French, and the least worst option for us too with Brexit negotiations looming. Britain’s political class has a long and damaging record of not taking politics in continental Europe seriously. A collective insularity tempered only by a worship of all things American ensures that a minor event like this week’s congressional byelection in the suburbs of Atlanta is more likely to register inside the British bubble than, say, the critical contest hotting up for the leadership of Spain’s influential but divided Socialist party.feedback

François Fillon

It's not the media who decide the rhythm of the campaign, who decide the questions, who decide the campaign.feedback

Charles Grant

It would show that liberal, pro-EU centrists may yet have a future in European politics. Macron wants reforms to pep up France's economy and strengthen its position in Europe.feedback

François Fillon

I've a feeling we're going to rewrite the scripts the others have devised for us … We'll make history.feedback

Florian Hense - Berenberg

Melenchon's 'plan B' would be getting out of the EU and maybe out of the euro zone. That's more or less 'plan A' for Le Pen. Le Pen would still be the more nuclear option.feedback

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

I want people to know, for all of Europe to hear clearly, that this needs to change or it's not going to go on like this, it's not possible.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for another negative open come after a mixed session on Wall St and in spite of a decent performance in Asia overnight. Blame can be pinned on another drop in oil prices which will likely put another dent in the FTSE via disproportionately influential Oil Majors, with a negative read across for a commodity sector still troubled by lower metals prices and global growth uncertainty. Geopolitics is also keeping market guessing ahead of this weekend's too tough to call first round French presidential election.feedback

Francois Hollande

I've seen the emptiness of our political system from the inside... I reject this system.feedback

Cheuk Wan

Given the binary risk of the French presidential elections and geopolitical concerns over North Korea, investors are staying on the sidelines. We are looking at the opportunities in Asia, particularly. ..equities in China and India where corporate earnings are expected to be strong this year.feedback

Jim Cramer

If the hard leftist wins, you probably don't want to invest in French businesses because of tax considerations or French bonds, because hardcore socialists tend not to care at all about the bond market. On the other hand, if Marine Le Pen, the hard-right candidate, makes it to the second round and then wins the election, she said she'll take France off the euro, which would mean the end of the EU as we know it. Selling because of European politics has been a mistake endlessly.feedback

Ronan Carr - Bank of America

In spite of the French presidential election starting in less than a week, investors' perception of Europe is increasingly bullish. Although we agree on the allure of Europe's earnings recovery, complacency looks extremely high.feedback

Mark Grant - Hilltop

I want nothing to do with investing there at present. You have a nightmare scenario occurring in France. Melenchon wants to be able to borrow all the money he wants. ... Le Pen wants to leave the European Union altogether. Either of those two as the president of France would be a disaster for the European Union.feedback

Vasileios Gkionakis - UniCredit Group

Once the French elections have concluded – and assuming that Ms. Le Pen does not make it to Elysee – the political risk premium currently embedded in the euro should be priced out. Based on real rate differentials, EUR-GBP is now trading around 6% lower than it should, most likely due to the election uncertainty in France. So, when the latter is priced-out we would expect a swift reversal towards the 0.88-0.90 range.feedback

Nicolas Tenzer

Melenchon condemns the United States which has finally tried to act. But he doesn't condemn the war criminals Putin and Assad.feedback

Benjamin Haddad

A Melenchon or a Le Pen victory would clearly mean the end of the EU. The French President has much more power than the American president… there's far fewer checks and balances. So the impact on the way society is organized and how institutions function, as well on fiscal policy, immigration, the EU and foreign policy would be tremendous.feedback

Jacques Attali

The idea behind the commission was to do something that should have been done by either the left or the right, or by both, but that had not been done by anyone.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

It was her and my grandfather who for years and years led me to live in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, to walk there, to run there, to learn how to bicycle, to ski, to be rooted in our country.feedback

Frédéric Martel

In a way, the left doesn't really believe in him; in a way, the right doesn't really believe in him.feedback

Francis Vercamer

I don't want to say it was dishonest because that's not the right term. But for someone who comes to a private meeting and says, This is good,' and then comes to a public meeting and doesn't support you and doesn't give a reason, that's not worthy of a representative of the Republic.feedback

Amélie Castera

He has a kind of free spirit that one can see in the choices he's made. He has this freedom that comes from his confidence in his destiny.feedback

Adrien Vergnaud

My grandparents are afraid of Le Pen. They say she's extreme, and that if she's elected, we might have a war. I say maybe that's a good thing.feedback

Olivier Tonneau

The leftwing politician is not out to destroy Europe: he is out to save it. La France Insoumise proposes a peaceful revolution towards a fair democratic society. Four days before the first round of the French presidential election, Europe is terrified by the prospect of a runoff between Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Whoever wins, we are told, the wheat will grow thin, nuclear winter will fall over the continent, and frogs will rain down from the sky. Whatever differences there may be between the radical left and the far-right candidates, they mean nothing compared with their similarities: they are both Eurosceptic demagogues tapping into the base instincts of their compatriots.feedback

Richard Benson

There were probably some nerves around the prospect of Melenchon making it into the final round, potentially even along with Le Pen, but that does seem to have faded.feedback

Richard Benson

It isn't quite the one way street that a lot of people have painted over the last 20 hours. With a 20 percent lead off the starting blocs, I would have thought the risk is more that it will narrow than grow. A positive surprise from the French election would also presumably see a squeeze higher in the euro after the weekend.feedback

Philippe Braud

After the highs of a fortnight ago, you can sense Emmanuel Macron's campaign is fragile, but perhaps not at the point where it's going to shatter.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

I still expect Macron and Le Pen to be in the runoffs. A lot of people think the French election is about the presidential election. It's also about the parliamentary election in June. The president is a figurehead. The problem is none of the candidates have a strong parliamentary presence. The key to the outcome is going to be the parliamentary elections. Political risk is going to subside, but it can't go away.feedback

Andrew Brenner

If it appears Macron is in the race, all of this goes away for the near term.feedback

Charles Lichfield

It is true that four candidates are coming all within a margin of error. It is impossible to know for sure whether the French electorate will look at these polls and decide to vote with their hearts or get excited by the underdogs. It will be negative because there's this now complacent view that Brexit wasn't so bad. Trump hasn't been so bad, so why are we worried about Le Pen? But if you look at what she wants to do, if suddenly the market slowing into what her actual policies are and realize she's right at the center of a vulnerable monetary union, then it becomes much more troubling.feedback

Robert Sinche - Amherst

You hear people saying if Le Pen gets elected, France pulls out of the euro and the EU collapses. That's utter nonsense. For France to pull out, there has to be a vote of Parliament and they're overwhelmingly against leaving the euro.feedback

Charles Lichfield

Depending on how high [Le Pen] is, the market could react quite violently. If her runner-up is 6, 7 points behind her, many people would see that it's possible she wins.feedback

Dubravko Lakos-Bujas

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