May 7, 2017 Held


French Republic

Election for President (French Presidency)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:35,467,172
Valid Votes:31,397,916
Invalid Votes:4,069,256

Vote Share by Candidate:

Emmanuel MACRON20,753,798


Marine LE PEN10,644,118

Election Results Modified: May 08, 2017

General Information

France: President, 7 May 2017

At stake in this election: 

  • The office of the president of France

Description of government structure: 

  • Chief of State: President Francois HOLLANDE (since 15 May 2012) 
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Bernard CAZENEUVE (since 6 December 2016)
  • Assembly:  France has a bicameral parliament consisting of the Senate (Senat) of 348 seats and the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) of 577 seats

Description of electoral system: 

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in two rounds to a 5-year term with eligibility for re-election.
  • If no single candidate achieves an absolute majority in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes will proceed to the second round.

Last Election: 

  • Emmanuel MACRON and Marine LE PEN received 24% and 21% of the vote, respectively, in the first round. Francois FILLON, Jean-Luc MELENCHON and Benoit HAMON each received between 20% and 5% of the vote and did not advance.

Main candidates in the election: 

  • Emmanuel MACRON
    • Independent: On the Move / En Marche  
  • Marine LE PEN
    • National Front / Front National (FN)

Population and number of registered voters: 

  • Population:  62,814,233 (July 2016-excluding overseas regions) 
  • Registered Voters:  47,582,183 (2017)

Gender Data:  

  • Female Population:  34,124,393 (July 2016) 
  • Is France a signatory to CEDAW:  Yes (17 July 1980) 
  • Has France ratified CEDAW:  Yes (14 December 1980) 
  • Gender Quota:  Yes 
  • Female candidates in this election:   Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians:  155 (2015) 
  • Human Development Index Position:  22 (2014) 
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  Very Low 

Disability Data:  

  • Is France a signatory to CRPD:  Yes (30 March 2007) 
  • Has France ratified CRPD:  Yes (18 February 2010) 
  • Population with a disability:  9,422,135[1] 

[1] Calculated using the WHO estimate of 15%

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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