French Election Results


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Marine Le Pen
There is no financial agreement between the party of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and ourselves. The euro is
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NEW May 01 2017
French Election Results has been commented on by 137 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about French Election Results are: Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, François Fillon and Benoit Hamon. For instance, the most recent quote from Marine Le Pen is: “There is no financial agreement between the party of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and ourselves. The euro is dead.”.
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Marine Le Pen

The main thing at stake in this election is the rampant globalization that is endangering our

Marine Le Pen

Everything will be done to ensure an orderly transition …and the coordinated construction of the right for each country to control its own currency and its central

Marine Le Pen

This means converting the single currency into a common euro, a currency that will not affect daily purchases, but only large companies that trade internationally. To support French companies in the face of unfair international competition through the implementation of intelligent protectionism and the restoration of a national currency adapted to our economy, the vehicle of our competitiveness. Monetary and budgetary sovereignty, because there is no free-state without a currency, and then economic sovereignty, to be able to implement economic

Marine Le Pen

The transition from the single currency to the European common currency is not a pre-requisite for all economic policy, the timetable will adapt to the immediate priorities and challenges facing the French

Emmanuel Macron

We have a duty today to their memory. Does she want us to no longer commemorate? Madame Le Pen and her people can complain, but I will not back

Yanis Varoufakis

From my first meeting with him, I regretted dearly that it was [Mr] Sapin who represented France in the Eurogroup and not [Mr] Macron, Had they swapped roles, things might have ended up

Emmanuel Macron

I do not want my generation to be the one responsible for Greece exiting

Yanis Varoufakis

Merkel had heard him and, according to Emmanuel, ordered Hollande to keep Macron out of the Greek negotiations. Merkel's spell was every bit as powerful as I had

Emmanuel Macron

The question is not whether Mr. X or Y is going to be prime minister, what matters is her project. That's what a presidential election is all about – a project that's brought before the people. Madame Le Pen's project is a dangerous one for the country and for French rurality because it's about closing borders, and ultimately

Francois Hollande

It shouldn't even be a subject of discussion. A ballot for Macron, you think of it as the ballot that keeps out the extreme right. The lower she is, the less strong her ambitions can be for

Patrick Moron

We have wines, we have cheeses, we had the advantage for a long time. But we are no longer moving

Dominique Marchand

Sometimes we have to go 30 kilometers (20 miles) to find a doctor, or drive 45 minutes to the nearest emergency room. It's getting worse and

Marine Le Pen

As President of the Republic I will name Nicolas Dupont-Aignan Prime Minister, supported by a presidential majority and united by the national interest. We will form a government of national unity that brings together people chosen for their competence and their love of

Emmanuel Macron

For those who want to spread the rumor that I'm deceitful, that I have hidden lives … not only is it unpleasant for Brigitte, but I promise that as from morning to night she shares my whole life with

Gérard Miller

That Macron is today a temporary, very temporary alas, rampart against the Front National, I can admit because I'm going to vote for the leader of En Marche!, but only if we're going to be lucid: in terms of fighting the far right, nothing, starting with his programme and his past, goes in favour of the former economy

Antoine Guerreiro

On Sunday night, we were all shaken, but now we must carry on without denying our ideals; and one of our strongest ideals is to oppose the far right in all circumstances. It's

Harry Bernas

It's what we physicists call first order transition; when you heat water there's a change you hardly see just before it turns into vapour, that fluctuation, the agitation around the edge, we're at that stage, and I think there's very little chance it will be a subtle, kind or friendly

Harry Bernas

Thanks to Jean-Luc Mélenchon people have begun thinking there's another way out of this crisis of poverty, unemployment, despair. The real question is how to vote to keep that going. In my mind it will be easier to continue the fight under Macron than Le Pen, who is more

Antoine Guerreiro

After a campaign marked by scandal, neoliberalism and the extreme right … it would be tempting not to turn out for the second round. However, it would not be sensible to let the extreme right run our

Joseline Frommer

It's impossible for me to vote for Le Pen, but a vote for Macron? If I do and he has a huge majority, I think it will make me physically sick. But it's true, we cannot take the risk of Le Pen

Renato Fragoli

People are so disappointed that they will go vote for Marine Le Pen out of frustration. It's truly sad. But I can understand them. The jobs have

Agnès Poirier

Many French voters are abstaining, but everyone should do their civic duty on polling day and put an X in a box on 7 May. The 15 years between 2002 and 2017 feel like an eternity. In 2002, the shock of seeing Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the French extreme right, scrape through to the second round of the presidential elections pushed millions of people on to the streets for two weeks, while every politician called for a vote for Jacques Chirac, with or without pegs on their

Emmanuel Macron

Every Friday, for several months, we spent several hours working on a play together. Once the play was written, we decided to produce it together. We chatted about everything. The writing became an excuse. I felt that we had always known each

Angela Merkel

This term is simply absurd. We will see. I can't anticipate the discussions with the future French

Marine Le Pen

He is deeply moved by the controversy which he thinks is deeply unfair and will file a legal complaint against these

Marine Le Pen

I think that in general, more generally, if there were those responsible, it was those who were in power at the

Gerard Courtois

Contrary to 2002, the presence of Marine Le Pen in the second round has elicited no shock comparable to 15 years ago when her father beat [Socialist Prime Minister] Lionel Jospin. It's a confirmation that the strategy of entrenchment and banalization of the party of the extreme right has borne

Victoria Clarke - Investec

Ahead of the March rate hike, the Fed left it relatively late before it gave a very explicit steer that it was on course to tighten policy at that meeting. If the Fed works of this basis again, it may be that the Fed statement next week leaves its options open on the June meeting without giving an explicit

Bernd Weidensteiner - Commerzbank

The U.S. central bank remains on course for monetary policy

Lars Lundqvist - Roubini Global Economics

As a pro-European, he would maintain the Franco-German alliance and bring some renewed optimism to the European project, which has seemed unstable over the past year. Our base case is that Macron will

Emmanuel Macron

To forget ... is to take the risk of repeating history and these

Emmanuel Macron

In the next three months after I am elected, there will be a decision on Poland. You cannot have a European Union which argues over every single decimal place on the issue of budgets with each country, and which, when you have an EU member which acts like Poland or Hungary on issues linked to universities and learning, or refugees, or fundamental values, decides to do

Edouard Lecerf

If, for some reason, some of (Macron's) potential voters (those coming from other first round candidates) prefer not to go and vote (they would not cast a vote for Le Pen)… and if on the contrary, Le Pen gets the largest proportion of those who did not turn out at the first round (22 percent of potential voters) but come to join the game for the second round, the game is changing….feedback

Antonio Barroso

Turnout is important as Le Pen's best bet to win the election is for voters who did not support Macron in the first round to stay home on Election Day. Rather, we are seeing an increasing number of Fillon and Melenchon voters that are saying they will stay home on 7

Marine Le Pen

You mean 'sex'? Because I'm against 'gender theory.' . With me, in the country of Brigitte Bardot, women will stay free!feedback

Nigel Farage

It depends what the circumstances are. I have never said a bad word about her, but I have never said a good word about her party and that's where I am with this - it's slightly

Marine Le Pen

Let me make one thing clear: I abhor these theories. I don't accept that one can defend them. There are no members of the FN leadership who defends these

Marine Le Pen

Today, the danger for our Jewish compatriots ... is the rise of Islamist fundamentalism. I have said it and will say it again: I am their only

Emmanuel Macron

I do not propose to reform France; I propose to transform it at its deepest

Natalie Nougayrède

Yes, nationalism is resurgent; but if Emmanuel Macron wins on 7 May, it will show that there is appetite for robust centrism too. Britain should take note. George Orwell once wrote that the British were not sufficiently interested in intellectual matters to be intolerant about them. The French, on the other hand, enjoy nothing less than a high-minded, lofty debate over abstract concepts – or so it is believed. The British ask: “It works in theory, but does it work in practice?” The French ask: “It works in practice, but does it work in theory?” So the joke

Emmanuel Macron

Have a nice trip. Leaving Europe as she proposes is the end of French

Richard Ferrand

Marine Le Pen has had herself replaced by someone who resembles her, who has sectarian ideas, divisive

Marine Le Pen

I want to give it colours because my Europe is happy, diverse, colourful, it's got the face of its peoples. I have asked for it after each attack ... how can we think we are protected if terrorists can move around freely, if weapons can circulate freely?feedback

Tom Roseen

While markets had deemed a Marine Le Pen-Emmanuel Macron run-off as the most likely outcome, there was an element of uncertainty. That uncertainty is gone and investors feel more comfortable increasing their exposure to international

Marine Le Pen

I am convinced my election will be a historic chance for

Emmanuel Macron

Madame Le Pen is using the situation for political ends, stirring up crowds on a parking lot. If she's elected, this company will close. Madame Le Pen does not understand how this country

Marine Le Pen

I'm here, in my place, exactly where I should be, in the midst of Whirlpool's employees, these employees who are resisting this wild globalization, this shameful economic

Marine Le Pen

We'll get you out of here. I am the candidate of workers, the candidate of the French who don't want their jobs taken away. I'm not eating little cakes with a few representatives who, in reality, represent only

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

Marine Le Pen

You've become the symbol of this hideous globalisation. We'll do everything we can so this plant doesn't close, we'll find a buyer. When the state wants, it can. We have to stop saying the state is powerless. It's not

Lynn Fisher

The drop was driven by continued investor concerns about the French election, though Sunday's first-round voting results apparently have alleviated some investor

Matthew Graham - Mortgage News Daily

In general, investors have piled back into riskier assets like stocks because the French election reduces long-term risks to the European Union. The prospects for tax reform have a similar effect in that they encourage investors to favor riskier assets at the expense of bonds. When demand for bonds decreases relative to supply, rates move

Elwin de Groot - Rabobank

There is no denying that the French election result (with the tail risk of a 2nd round between Mélenchon and Le Pen now out of the window) has given renewed impetus to speculation that the ECB might dial back quantitative easing earlier than planned, or might hike rates sooner than markets had been pricing in. Having said that, I believe it is still early days. Even assuming Macron secures his victory in the second round, it is also important that he will garner sufficient support in

Holger Sandte - Nordea Bank

In our view, downside risks to growth have actually decreased with the outcome of the first round of the French election ... the underlying tone of the press conference should still be

Édouard Philippe

Some of my friends in the party can admit they will vote for Macron, but they are strongly advocating a position of opposition, and they hope to win the legislative election. The risk of us getting Marine Le Pen elected this year is strong in my view, and I want to avoid that. And the risk of Marine Le Pen getting elected in five years from now, if Macron fails, is strong as

Mounir Mahjoubi - Trend Micro

We can't be 100 percent sure, but as soon as we saw the intrusion attempts, we took measures to block access. It's serious, but nothing was compromised. The phishing pages we are talking about are very personalized web pages to look like the real address. They were pixel perfect. It's exactly the same page. That means there was talent behind it and time went into it: talent, money, experience, time and

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

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

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

Jean-Marie Le Pen

This seems very worthy to me, coming from a candidate who made a remarkable breakthrough, and who was – it must be said – the best

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

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

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

Marine Le Pen

Let's promote the idea of 'eating French' especially in [school] canteens, where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality

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

Jean-Marie Le Pen

I think her campaign was too laid-back. If I'd been in her place, I would have had a Trump-like campaign, a more open one, very aggressive against those responsible for the decadence of our country, whether left or

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

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

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

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

Marine Le Pen

I have always considered that the president is the president of all the French. Under this banner, he or she must unite all the

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

John C. Kornblum

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

Marine Le Pen

Trump had said repeatedly that he didn't intend the United States to be the world's policeman any longer, and that is exactly what he

Marine Le Pen

I am coherent. I don't change my mind in a few days. He had said he would not be the policeman of the world, that he would be the president of the United States and would not be the policeman of the world, but it seems today that he has changed his

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

Josh Mahony

US markets are leading the way higher, as the excitement over Donald Trump's corporate tax cuts takes the mantle from the French elections ... Despite the optimism of Trump's tax plan, we are seeing the foreign exchange trends [from Monday] come back into play, with extended gains for the euro ahead of Thursday's ECB meeting. While much of the focus has been upon a rate-raising Fed, the political cloud that is gradually being lifted over the eurozone is likely to start putting pressure on [ECB president Mario] Draghi and

Francois Hollande

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

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

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

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 £

Louis Aliot

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Marine Le Pen

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

Emmanuel Macron

It takes the whole Europe breakup risk off the table, and what that means is you don't have to worry about a financial crisis, a global recession, and that's positive for equities around the

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

Federica Mogherini - European Union

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

Marine Le Pen

I'm convinced a big majority of French are opposed to rampant

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

Francois Hollande

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

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

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

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

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

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

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

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

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

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

Art Cashin

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

Marine Le Pen

What is at stake in this election is savage globalisation, which jeopardises our civilisation. French people have a simple choice, either we continue on the path of total deregulation, without borders and without protection and consequently the relocation of jobs, unfair international competition, mass immigration and free movement of terrorists. This reign is a reign where money is king. Or you choose France, borders that protect our jobs, our purchasing power, our security, our national

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

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

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

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

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

Dmitry Peskov

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

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

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

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

Benoit Hamon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benoit Hamon

I failed to thwart a disaster which had been expected for some months now, perhaps even years. I take full responsibility for this, without blaming the circumstances or the

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

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

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

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

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]

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Emmanuel Macron

This is a historic moment for France. We are clearly turning a page in French political life. The French people have expressed their desire for

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

Emmanuel Macron

My dear fellow citizens, there are not many Frances, there is only one. France, ours. France of patriots in a Europe that protects and that we will have to renew. The task will be immense. I'm ready, by your side. The fight to be worthy to lead our country begins tonight, and we will win it. Long live the Republic, long live

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Ferrand

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

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

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

Georges Fenech

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

Christophe Guilluy

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

David Cormand

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

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

Marine Le Pen

A multicultural society is a multiconflict society. I want every French person, no matter where they are in France, to maintain their liberty and their rights that Islamic fundamentalists want to deny

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

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

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

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

Sigmar Gabriel

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

Raphael Brun-Aguerre - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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

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

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

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

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

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'

Francois Kraus

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

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

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

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

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

Marion Marechal-Le Pen

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

Pierre Gattaz

Mélenchon is the Venezuela scenario, Le Pen is the Argentine

Marine Le Pen

In whose name should we accept to welcome each year 200,000 legal immigrants while seven million are unemployed?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

Benoit Hamon

There's a clear distinction to be made between a political adversary and an enemy of the republic. This is deadly serious

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

François Fillon

Extremism can only bring about the misfortune and division of

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marine Le Pen

Savage globalisations puts our civilization in danger … I am presenting a fundamental alternative. It was a hard decision this time. Very

Marine Le Pen

I would like to express my most profound gratitude. This result is historic, the first step has been taken. It is time to liberate the French

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

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

Daphne Atlani

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

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

Marine Le Pen

My government of national unity will implement this policy, so that the republic will live, and that France will

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

Emmanuel Macron

They want France to be afraid; they want to disrupt the democratic process; they want the French to yield to unreasonableness and division. Our challenge is to protect the French, not to give up who we are, to stay unified and build a

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 Ré

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmanuel Macron

No one knows. What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process. She won't be able to protect our

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

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

An interesting feature of the current upswing is that the positive momentum is broadly spread across most euro zone countries and not only driven by a few strong ones. Even though on the eve of the first round of the French elections a good portion of caution is recommendable, evidence is piling up that the euro zone economy could become the positive growth surprise of the

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

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

Peter Cardillo - First Standard Financial

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

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

Marine Le Pen

I don't get involved with what the Pope should say to his followers. I don't think religions should tell the French people how to

Emmanuel Macron

We must not yield to fear today. This is what our assailants are waiting for, and it's their

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

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

Emmanuel Macron

Don't yield to fear, don't yield to division and intimidation. Our generation must rise to this challenge. Our moral challenge, today and for the years to come is, on the one hand, to not divide us, but it's also to prepare our future. What they want is a collapse in morality, what they want is to watch us fall into ruin. I will not give in to this, do not play with

Marine Le Pen

Our country France has once again had the barbarity of a terrorist assault in the heart of our capital. Once again it was the police who were targeted and paid for the fight against radical Islam with their blood. It is a monstrous ideology which has declared war on our nation, on our reason, and on our

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

Benoit Hamon

We must cherish this democratic moment exactly because others hate it, notably the terrorists who

Marine Le Pen

We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for

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

Richard Burr

I think it's safe to say by everybody's judgment that the Russians are actively involved in the French

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

Marine Le Pen

It is time to stop being naive. I only ask one last-ditch effort from him before leaving power: I solemnly ask him to effectively reinstate our

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

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

Marine Le Pen

It is a war in which there can be no retreat because all our population and all our territory are

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmanuel Macron

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

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

Marine Le Pen

Britain opened its eyes with Brexit, closed the borders. We've got to do the

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

Masafumi Yamamoto - Mizuho Securities

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

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