French Women Wield Little Influence in Elections
Women account for 53 percent of French voters but there’s little to suggest they will pack their punch behind any single candidate in the upcoming elections.
In a February survey by CSA and the women’s magazine Terra Femina, Hollande earned 15 percent of respondents’ vote as the strongest proponent of women’s rights. Another left-wing candidate, Eva Joly of Europe-Ecologie, won 10 percent, the same score as Francois Bayrou of the centrist Modem party. Sarkozy, of the right-wing UMP, earned 9 percent; Marine Le Pen, 8 percent.