Politics By Graham Sharpe

Sacre Bleu ! £1 Million To Be Gambled On French Election

BOOKMAKERS William Hill predict that for the first time over one million pounds will be riding on the outcome of a continental Election as political punters rush to stake hefty wagers on the French Presidential Election.

'We're used to taking millions on British and American General and Presidential Elections, but the phenomenal betting interest in the French Election took us by surprise' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. 'We thought we might take a few thousand pounds, but our turnover is well into six figures now and we confidently predict that over one million pounds will be gambled on the outcome industry-wide. We've already taken one bet of £30,000 alone on Marine Le Pen winning'.

William Hill say that 50.8% of all the bets they have taken on the French election have been staked on Marine Le Pen, who also accounts for 40.9% of all the stake money. Emmanual Macron has attracted 15.6% of bets and 22.1% of stake money; Francois Fillon 14.7% and 27.5% respectively.

LATEST WILLIAM HILL ODDS FOR FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION......4/6 Macron; 5/2 Le Pen; 4/1 Fillon; 20/1 Melenchon; 100/1 Asselineau; 125/1 Hamon; 200/1 Dupont-Aignan

Further information........Graham Sharpe, William Hill Media Relations Director.....07803233702