As the presidential election is fast approaching, the Constitutional Council published on February 1 the first summary of the sponsorships obtained by the candidates. For the moment, Emmanuel Macron is in the lead with 105 official signatures, even though he is still not a candidate.
Each presidential candidate must collect 500 sponsorships from elected officials to have the right to stand for election. The collection period started on January 27 and will continue until March 4, at 6 p.m.
Some 42,000 elected officials are likely to grant sponsorship. The majority are mayors (around 36,000), but the candidates can also be supported by deputies, MEPs, senators, departmental and regional councillors, etc.
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In detail, Emmanuel Macron benefits in particular from the sponsorship of prominent elected officials, in particular Hubert Falco, mayor of Toulon (Var), Laurent Degallaix, mayor of Valenciennes (North), or even Valérie Hayer, MEP.
The president should therefore easily obtain his sponsorships, because if the collection was launched on January 27, the candidates have been collecting promises for several months already. This is the case of Anne Hidalgo, currently in second position with 48 signatures.
The socialist candidate claimed in November to have obtained 500 sponsorship promises and confirmed it on CNEWS this Sunday, January 9. The environmental candidate Yannick Jadot would also have exceeded this milestone, according to The Parisian. As for the Communist Party candidate Fabien Roussel, he has received 30 sponsorships and has assured in mid-December “close to 500”.
Candidates in difficulty
The task is not easy for all the candidates, especially for those whose party does not benefit from strong local roots. The rebellious leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon indicated on January 9 to have collected only 391 promises of sponsorship. For the moment, only 14 of them have been registered by the Constitutional Council.
For Marine Le Pen, the account is not there either. The RN candidate, currently with 2 signatures, points to “pressure” on elected officials and demands the anonymity of sponsorships. A position shared by Eric Zemmour, who claims around 300 signature promises. The founder of the Reconquest! denounced on January 6 on Europe 1 a “democratic scandal” and suggested to the president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), David Lisnard, to create a “‘pool’ of signatures” so that mayors grant sponsorships indiscriminately to “all candidates” who would be “at 5 or 8% in the polls”.
The person concerned replied in a press release that the AMF “never gives a directive to its members, in any area” and that it “cannot replace them in the exercise of their powers”. David Lisnard, however, clarified that his association will make proposals to reform the sponsorship system but in due time, “out of any pressure”.
As a reminder, the sponsorship system is governed by a 1962 law relating to the election of the President of the Republic by universal suffrage. This was amended in 1976 to increase the number of signatures required to 500, compared to 100 previously. Sponsorships, public, must come from elected officials (deputies, senators, mayors, etc.) from at least 30 different overseas departments or communities.