Fillon and Hamon ask voters to support Macron on second round

EPA / IAN LANGSDON

A composite combo photo shows the official campaign posters for all eleven candidates for the 2017 French presidential election candidates, including (clockwise from top left): 'Debout La France' (Stand Up France) political party candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, 'Front National' (FN) political party candidate Marine Le Pen, 'En Marche!' (Onward!) political party candidate Emmanuel Macron, 'Parti Socialist' (PS) political party candidate Benoit Hamon, 'Lutte Ouvriere' (Workers' Struggle) political party candidate Nathalie Arthaud, 'Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA)' (New anticapitalist Party) political party Philippe Poutou, 'Solidarite et Progres (Solidarity and Progress) political party Jacques Cheminade, The official campaign poster for 2017 French presidential election independent candidate Jean Lassalle, 'La France Insoumise' (Undefeated France) candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, 'Union Populaire Republicain' (Popular Republican Union) political party candidate Francois Asselineau, and 'Les Republicains' (LR) political party Francois Fillon, seen in Paris, France, 10 April 2017. The French presidential election is scheduled for 23 April and 07 May 2017.

Fillon and Hamon ask voters to support Macron on second round


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Defeated right-wing candidate Francois Fillon urged voters to support leading candidate Emmanuel Macron on the second round of the French presidential vote.

Fillon spoke about 40 minutes after the exit poll result was announced, keeping him away from the second round finalists, as he received a 19,5% of the estimated vote.

“Despite all my efforts, my determination, I have not been able to convince you. The obstacles on my way were too many and too cruel,” he said.

” I assume my responsibilities,” added Fillon, asking his constituents to remain united and determined ahead of the French parliament elections.

Fillon also gave voting instructions to his supporters, to block Marine Le Pen. “We must choose what is best for our country,” even it is not a choice of heart.

The defeated leader said he had ”no choice but to vote against the extreme right “. ” I will vote in favor of Emmanuel Macron ,” he concluded.

Hamon calls to beat “as strongly as possible” Le Pen by voting Macron

After the Dutch elections, Benoit Hamon’s traditional social democracy seems to experience another humiliating defeat at the first round of the French presidential elections.

Hamon’s call to beat Marine Le Pen as strong as possible came first, ad he admitted to have failed to stop the   to beat “as strongly as possible” Le Pen by voting Macron

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