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Presidential: the official kick-off of the “race” for sponsorships is imminent – Presidential Election
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Presidential: the official kick-off of the “race” for sponsorships is imminent – Presidential Election
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  • 1 What is the rule?
  • To have the right to run, each presidential candidate must collect at least 500 sponsorships from elected officials (mayors, deputies, senators, regional and departmental advisers, etc.). A rule intended to avoid fanciful candidacies, which has gradually hardened (only 100 sponsorships were required during the first presidential elections).

    These sponsorships must come from elected officials from at least 30 different overseas departments or communities, without exceeding one tenth, or 50 for the same department or the same community. Each elected official can sponsor only one candidate. If a sponsored candidate declines to run, the elected official cannot sponsor another candidate.

  • 2 Will we be able to follow this sponsorship “race” in real time?
  • The collection campaign will open Thursday, January 27, in the wake of the publication in the Official Journal of the decree summoning voters. Candidates will have until March 4 to obtain 500 signatures. It is the Constitutional Council which is responsible for assessing the validity of sponsorships. For the sake of transparency, they are published in full on its website (updated twice a week). It is also the Constitutional Council which draws up the official list of candidates for the presidential election. It must be published in the Official Journal no later than the fourth Friday preceding the first round.

  • 3 Why is it so critical?
  • It is a great classic that comes back every five years. Presidential candidates who cannot rely on a large pool of local elected officials tend to rail against this rule. This is true on the part of those who are called the “small candidates”, but also of the “anti-system” candidates. It must be said that mayors are often reluctant to give sponsorship, often interpreted as support (in 2017, of the 42,000 elected officials authorized to sponsor a candidate, only 34% had done so). In the history of the presidential election, however, no strong candidate has been prevented from running because of this rule.

  • 4 And in Brittany, what had happened the last time?
  • In Brittany, 485 elected officials had sponsored a candidate in 2017. This represents 31% of Breton elected officials, a figure slightly lower than the national average. In detail, a quarter of the mayors had done so (304 out of 1,233 municipalities in Brittany at the time), as well as half of the departmental councilors (103 out of 204), half of the regional councilors (40 out of 83), three-quarters of deputies (20 out of 26) and two-thirds of senators (10 out of 14).

Presidential: the official kick-off of the “race” for sponsorships is imminent – Presidential Election
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