Today in France: The latest news from the 2022 French presidential election

Each weekday, our early morning roundup 'Today in France' takes a look at the latest news, events and gossip from the campaign trail - here's what is happening on Friday.

Today in France: The latest news from the 2022 French presidential election
Which presidential candidate would you most like a beer with. Photo by GAIZKA IROZ / AFP

Macron’s launch

It was long awaited but in the end it seemed a slightly muted performance from Emmanuel Macron as he launched his manifesto for the next five years.

Speaking to an audience of journalists in the Paris suburb of Aubervillers, he spent four hours outlining his plans for the next five years, including tax cuts, a benefits shake-up and raising the pension age to 65.

A long-time champion of French tech, he also wants to create a “European metaverse” so as not to be “dependant on the Anglo-Saxons or Chinese” for digital services.

You can read the full programme here.

Winner of the beer test

He may be trailing in the polls, but Jean Lassalle can console himself on winning one vote – presidential candidate the French would most like to have a beer with.

The Ifop poll asked the public a simple question – Which of the 12 presidential candidates would you most like to have a beet with? Winner was Lassalle, who 39 percent of people said they would like to have a drink with. Second was Emmanuel Macron (although some of those respondents might have wanted to throw the beer at him) and third was Marine Le Pen.

The least popular drinking companion was Parti Socialiste’s Anne Hidalgo with just 14 percent.

Graphic: Le Parisien


Will PM Jean Castex’s package of financial aid to help consumers and businesses cope with the effects of the war in Ukraine be enough to prevent demos during the election campaign? It seems not, judging by this response from a hauliers’ association.

More manifestations

Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is hosting a march between Place de la Bastille and Place de la République in Paris on Sunday, calling for the creation of a 6th Republic.

Candidates trips

The candidates are spreading their wings around the country today; Emmanuel Macron is in Pau, Valérie Pécresse in Nîmes, Eric Zemmour is in Metz, Nathalie Arthaud is in Bordeaux and Philippe Poutou is in Nancy. Anne Hidalgo remains in Paris, where she is visiting the Grand Mosque.

Member comments

  1. A question: can Les Reps survive a 10% or so showing, as looks increasingly likely as they bleed support on both sides to EM and MLP? Or will they follow the same path as the Socialist Party and fragment into constituent parts? To their advantage is that they’ve done so several times before and therefore know the reassembly drill. Whatever, my top tip is to keep an eye on Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, he’s spent the last few years, after the Burkini embarrassment when the Nice flics patrolled the beaches harassing women for wearing too much clothing, improving his Green credentials and cosying up to developers. The resulting buildings are appalling of course but it’s brought Nice a lot of money. Always banging on about his Gaullism he now fancies himself as a player on the national scene.

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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.