The elections will take place in may 2002 and the campaign has already began.
Chirac and Jospin are the favourites, and the polls in France are currently:
Chirac 52 %
Jospin 48 %
I'm interessed in getting the opinion of some foreigners about this election.
Who do you think should be the next french president?
Here is a portrait of the three main candidates:
68, gaullist (conservative), prime minister from 1974 to 1976 and then from 1986 to 1988.
President of the RPR (Rally for Republic) from 1976 to 1995.
Paris mayor from 1977 to 1995.
Defeated by François Mitterrand in the 1988 elections, and elected president in 1995 with 53% of the votes.
65, socialist, former advise of Mitterrand, education minister from 1988 to 1991.
Lost presidential race to Chirac in 1995.
Prime minister since 1997.
62, left-gaullist, commercial advise.
Research minister from 1981 to 1983, education minister from 1984 to 1986, defence minister from 1988 to 1991 (resigned during the Gulf War), and state minister from 1997 to 2000 (resigned in september 2000).