The first round of the French elections are to take place tomorrow (23rd April) as the general public go to vote on their new President. But how will it turn out?

The front two

The opinion polls have for a while now stated that it will be the far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron who will make it through to the next round. But will they? I am not surprised that Le Pen has attracted so much attention. Terrorism, EU problems, a weak currency and general malaise are making Le Pen seem all the more desirable. However, if she does make it through to the next round, most think she will be beaten.

The outright favourite is Macron as a result. He is seen as a breath of fresh air, he is different and has separated himself from the rest.

The chasing pack

However, do not discount the other candidates, especially Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far left candidate who has made great strides in the past week or so. It is interesting that the two main parties seem to be on the periphery. Not only the Republican Francois Fillon who has been hit by scandals in the campaign itself but also the socialist Benoit Hamon. What is clear is that the French public want change. The outgoing President, Francois Hollande is widely viewed as the least popular president in French history. It is no surprise that Le Pen and Macron lead the way.

It will exciting whatever happens tomorrow. We wait until then.