2017 French presidential election - 11 Candidates confirmed by France's Constitutional Council Saturday March 18,2017
11 candidates have been approved to run for French president, the country's Constitutional Council announced Saturday March 18,2017
The 11 candidates received the 500-plus signatures from mayors needed to compete in the first round of the election on April 23, 2017 the council's president Laurent Fabius said.
Three candidates – far-left leader Philippe Poutou, and centrists Jean Lassalle and Jacques Cheminade – crossed the signatures threshold at the last minute.
They will join François Fillon, Benoît Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Nathalie Arthaud, Marine Le Pen and François Asselineau – who had secured their endorsements before Friday.
France’s last presidential poll in 2012 included 10 candidates.
The first round of this year’s presidential elections will be held on April 23, 2017 and the top two will qualify for a run-off on May 07,2017