Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Le Pen has 500 signatures

It's official. National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has struggled for months to get the required signatures of 500 elected officials to be on the presidential ballot, went to the Constitutional Council today with his daughter to hand all 500 in. They will still add several more until Friday to ensure that even if some are invalidated, he will still pass the bar.

The happiest person today should not be Le Pen, although he is certainly relieved, but Nicolas Sarkozy, who needs to satisfy the far right in the first round so that they will vote for him in the second. Polls also show that if Le Pen is not in the first round, Francois Bayrou would defeat Segolene Royal, which would then mean a defeat for Sarkozy in the second round.

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