Revealed: The 12 confirmed candidates for the French presidential elections

France's Constitutional Council has published the final list of candidates who will appear on the ballot papers for the presidential elections in April.

Revealed: The 12 confirmed candidates for the French presidential elections
Will one of these topple Emmanuel Macron? Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP

As well as being over the age of 18 and a French citizen, all candidates who want to appear on the ballot paper had to have formally declared their intention to stand by 6pm on Friday, March 4th.

They also had to have gathered 500 signatures of support, known as parrainages, from elected officials by the same deadline.

These final signatures have now been evaluated by the Conseil constitutionnel, and on Monday at 12 noon the council president Laurent Fabius revealed the list of candidates who have qualified.

From this point candidates can withdraw from the race, but no new ones can join.

They are:

Emmanuel Macron (centrist, La République en Marche)

Marine Le Pen (far right, Rassemblement National)

Eric Zemmour (far right, Reconquête)

Jean-Luc Melenchon (far left, La France Insoumise)

Valérie Pécresse (centre-right, Les Républicains)

Yannick Jadot (green, Europe Ecologie les Verts)

Fabien Roussel (communist, Parti Communiste)

Anne Hidalgo (centre left, Parti Socialiste)

Jean Lassalle (Résistons) 

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (sovereignist, Debout La France)

Philippe Poutou (far left, Nouveau parti anticapitaliste)

Nathalie Artaud (far left, Lutte Ouvrière)

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Prosecutors: No new rape inquiry for France’s disabilities minister

France's disabilities minister will not face a new inquiry "as things stand" over a rape allegation that surfaced just after his nomination by President Emmanuel Macron last week, prosecutors have said, citing the anonymity of the alleged victim.

Prosecutors: No new rape inquiry for France's disabilities minister

Damien Abad has faced growing pressure to resign after the news website Mediapart reported the assault claims by two women dating from over a decade ago, which he has denied.

One of the women, identified only by her first name, Margaux, filed a rape complaint in 2017 that was later dismissed by prosecutors.

The other woman, known only as Chloe, told Mediapart that in 2010 she had blacked out after accepting a glass of champagne from Abad at a bar in Paris, and woke up in her underwear in pain with him in a hotel room. She believes she may have been drugged.

She did not file an official complaint, but the Paris prosecutors’ office said it was looking into the case after being informed by the Observatory of Sexist and Sexual Violence in Politics, a group formed by members of France’s MeToo movement.

“As things stand, the Paris prosecutors’ office is not following up on the letter” from the observatory, it said, citing “the inability to identify the victim of the alleged acts and therefore the impossibility of proceeding to a hearing.”

In cases of sexual assault against adults, Paris prosecutors can open an inquiry only if an official complaint is made, meaning the victim must give their identity.

Abad has rejected the calls to resign in order to ensure the new government’s “exemplarity,” saying that he is innocent and that his own condition of arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his joints, means sexual relations can occur only with the help of a partner.

The appointment of Abad as minister for solidarities and people with disabilities in a reshuffle last Friday was seen as a major coup for Macron, as the 42-year-old had defected from the right-wing opposition.

The new prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, said she was unaware of the allegations before Abad’s nomination, but insisted that “If there is new information, if a new complaint is filed, we will draw all the consequences.”

The claims could loom large over parliamentary elections next month, when Macron is hoping to secure a solid majority for his reformist agenda. Abad will be standing for re-election in the Ain department north of Lyon.