The sponsorship race is officially on. As a reminder, it is necessary to gather 500 signatures of elected officials to be able to stand for the presidential election.
The Constitutional Council published on Tuesday on its website a first salvo of validated sponsorships. And of these 313 signatures, a good third is for Emmanuel Macron (105), who is still not officially a candidate.
The elected Socialists were then the quickest to send their form: Anne Hidalgo has 48 signatures of elected officials. Valérie Pécresse, LR candidate, cumulates 34 sponsorships. Communist candidate Fabien Roussel has already 30 sponsorships and will not struggle to reach 500 thanks to its network of local elected officials.
Zemmour and Mélenchon ex-aequo
For others, it’s more complicated and it starts slowly. The Pyrenean Jean Lassalle, who has already campaigned in 2017, has already 15 supporters. It’s more than Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Eric Zemmour (14 each).
Next come the Lutte Ouvrière candidate Nathalie Aartaud (12 signatures), the ecologist Yannick Jadot (11), UPR candidate François Asselineau (10) and that of Debout la France Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (10). Philippe Poutou, of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), has 4 sponsorships.
Two sponsorships for Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen, RN candidate, keeps saying that it’s complicated for her camp, and that seems to be confirmed. Of them elected officials have so far decided to support her, like Hélène Thouy, the candidate of the animalist party.
Anasse Kazib, the candidate of Permanent Revolution, validated a signature, just like Georges Kuzmanovic, a former close friend of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Discover in infographics the first sponsorships validated by the Constitutional Council:
The next statement of sponsors will be unveiled this Thursday. It will undoubtedly be more significant because the mayors could only send their mail since Monday.
In the Macron, Pécresse and Hidalgo teams, the objective is to reach 500 sponsorships very quickly. The undeclared goal of Valérie Pécresse’s camp is to exceed 3,635, the number of sponsorships for François Fillon in 2017.
Candidates have until Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. to collect the 500 sponsorships required.