France: haro on sponsorships before the presidential election

Mélenchon, Zemmour and Le Pen claim to have difficulty collecting 500 signatures. But it is too late to reform this restrictive system.

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NWe are struggling, the system is totally seized, ”complains Marine Le Pen. “The filter has become a cleaver”, criticizes Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “It’s a democratic scandal!” “, thunders Eric Zemmour. Three months before the presidential election, several candidates for the Elysée are protesting against the system which obliges them to collect 500 sponsorships from elected officials to participate in the electoral race.

These sponsorships must be submitted by March 4 at the latest. Forty-two thousand elected officials (mayors, parliamentarians, departmental or regional councillors) can grant their precious initials. But many are reluctant. At issue: a law passed under François Hollande. In the name of transparency, it obliges to reveal to whom the elected officials have granted their signature. Difficult, under these conditions, to sponsor a divisive candidate when one is the mayor without a label of a village.

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