France To Hold First Round of Voting in Presidential Election

28 min
at 9:30 AM
A man passes by campaign posters for the French presidential election, on official billboards on April 21, 2017 in Lyon, ahead of the first round of the French presidential election which will take place on April 23.  (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images))

Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.


Adam Nossiter, Paris correspondent, New York Times

Larry Bensky, executive producer and host,; former national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Radio