Politics By Joe Crilly

Bookies Reassess French Election Takings After Bumper Betting Day

Emmanuel Macron seemed to get the better of Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential debate and as a result, William Hill have seen a spike in activity on their French Election betting. Late on Wednesday evening, a punter in Aberdeen placed £20,000 on Macron winning at 1/8 (to win a profit of £2,500) while at 9:30 on Thursday morning, another £20,000 was placed on him in Central London – both bets becoming the largest on him winning the election.  


The two hefty bets are the cherries on top of a £100,000 betting day at William Hill as an avalanche of wagers were placed on both Macron and Le Pen, who is 5/1.  


“We initially thought that the French election could attract £1m industry-wide but interest has far outstripped our now seemingly reserved estimates and it would not be a surprise to see £1m taken with us and over £5m across the industry by the time the French go to the polls,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Next French President: 1/8 Emmanuel Macron; 5/1 Marine Le Pen