French President François Hollande said his "ultimate duty" is to prevent a Marine Le Pen victory:

"My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a program, and that France does not bear such a heavy responsibility," said Hollande of the risk of a Le Pen victory in the election.

Since people can vote for whoever they want, what can he do to prevent her victory?

  • With the credibility he has, I don't think he can do anything to prevent or aid a candidate's victory. The less he says, the better. Mar 7 '17 at 0:21

He can campaign for people to vote for other candidates.

He can personally vote for a different candidate.

As clarified by David Grinbergs comment, he cannot use his position as a President, or resources allocated to his office, to campaign for or against any particular candidate.

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    Worth adding what he cannot do, specifically he cannot use the official capacity and resources of his office to dissuade voters. Mar 6 '17 at 14:11
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    One cannpt vote for a different candidate and call "His single vote" as " his ultimate duty to make sure that Marine Le Pen dont win "
    – user 1
    Mar 6 '17 at 15:55
  • @DavidGrinberg - arguably, his very statement as quoted by the question is already running afoul of that prohibition. He's using the bully pulpit. (this is similar to SE, where "there's a diamond on anything a moderator says, even if they aren't speaking as a moderator" concept)
    – user4012
    Mar 6 '17 at 16:49

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