French President Emmanuel Macron Officially Declares Re-Election Bid

French President Emmanuel Macron officially declared on March 3 that he is running for a second term in the April presidential election.

“I ask for your confidence for a new mandate as President of the Republic. I am a candidate to invent with you, in the face of the challenges of the century, a singular French and European response,” Macron wrote in a “letter to the French” published in French regional press to announce his candidacy.

The declaration came at the last minute with the deadline set by authorities at 6 p.m. local time on March 4.

The French Constitutional Court will publish the full list of presidential candidates on March 7 at noon.

Macron’s candidacy announcement also came nearly a month before the April 10 first round of the presidential election.

The announcement was repeatedly delayed due to the crisis in eastern Europe as Macron has taken a prominent role in diplomatic talks.

Macron’s re-election bid was originally set to be announced at the opening of the Salon de l’Agriculture trade fair on Feb. 26, but it was cancelled.

Macron’s first campaign meeting for Marseille on March 5 has also been cancelled due to the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

In the letter, Macron acknowledged that the election would not be normal due to the Russian invasion.

While Macron has yet to engage in any official campaigning, he is set to host European leaders at a two-day defense and energy summit at Versailles next week in response to the Russian invasion.

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