This Is How Lebanese Are Playing A Role In The French Presidential Election

Lebanon’s ties with France go way back. With a big Lebanese population in France, it’s inevitable that we play some sort of role in the French Presidential Election. There’s actually a tradition where the French presidential candidates are expected to visit Lebanon at some point during the campaign. Marine Le Pen’s visit

stirred some controversy due to her refusal of wearing a headscarf

during a meeting with the grand Mufti.

Jean-François Jalkh

It was just announced that the new head of Marine Le Pen’s political party will be Lebanese-French, Jean-François Jalkh. Marine Le Pen stepped down from the

Front National

(FN) political party to focus on her presidential campaign following her victory in the primary election.

Jean-François

 had been appointed as the interim chairman and leader for about one week before stepping down. The party announced that he is stepping down to fight a court case where he is accused of denying parts of the Holocaust and inciting hate. Jean-Francois was born in France to Lebanese parents and has been a member of the Front National party since he was 17 years old. He has played a big role in the party. Other than being one of the vice presidents, he was in charge of organizing the succession of Front National’s leadership from Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the party, to his daughter Marine Le Pen.

How the Lebanese-French voted

The French Embassy in Lebanon released the list of how Lebanese-French citizens voted. With a participation rate of 51.12%, 9028 Lebanese-French voted at the embassy. These are the results of the top 3 candidates:

Francois Fillon

: 5451 votes (60.96%)

Emmanuel Macron

: 1432 votes (16.01%)

Marine Le Pen

: 1099 votes (12.29%) Since no candidate won a majority during the first round, French citizens are set to vote again on May 7th. This time, they will be voting for either

Emmanuel Macron

or

Marine Le Pen

.

Marine Le Pen Lebanese Facebook Page

Just as Trump unexpectedly had a Lebanese support page on Facebook,

Marine Le Pen does as well

. Although nowhere near as popular, the page has about 500 likes and is constantly updated several times a day with news following Le Pen. We look forward to seeing the results of how the Lebanese-French vote during the final election on May 7th.

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