The French Constitutional Council announced on March 18 the 11 Presidential candidates who had received at least 500 duly validated “presentations” from elected officials throughout the country – and Jacques Cheminade is among them. According to the rules, signatures must come in from at least 30 different administrative departments (out of 101), and not more than 50 from the same department, to ensure national representativity. The first round of the election is on April 23.
After interviewing Jacques Cheminade, until recently President of the French party Solidarité et Progrès, RTL announced in an article on Feb. 21 that the presidential hopeful had over 500 written pledges from mayors to sponsor his candidacy, which is the minimum needed to be able to run for the French presidency. After that article, virtually all major media covered Cheminade’s statement (AFP, Les Echos, France Soir, Le Figaro, Libération, Europe 1, France Info, France TV Info, etc.), and a number of them took statements from his campaign staff as well, including AFP. The candidate also gave an excellent 20-minute interview to the news channel LCI on Feb. 24.
With just over ten weeks to the first round of the French presidential election on April 23, a serious political crisis is unfolding. The conservative candidate François Fillon (Les Républicains), who was still considered the front-runner two weeks ago has been severely weakened by allegations that he used taxpayer money to pay his wife and two of his children for jobs they did not carry out. Fillon has since been overtaken in the polls by Marine Le Pen of the Front National and Emmanuel Macron, a renegade socialist and former Economics Minister of François Hollande, who is known as the “bankers’ man”.