Saturday, November 27

Macron, favorite in the polls for the French elections in April

French President Emmanuel Macron.

French President Emmanuel Macron.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, would obtain the victory in the first round of the French elections on April 10, and would face, in almost all probability, a candidate of far right in the second and decisive round two weeks later, according to an Ifop-Fiducial survey for ‘Le Figaro’.

The poll of voting intentions published on Saturday shows that Macron, leader of La Rep├║blica en Marcha, would obtain between 25 and 27 percent support, ten points ahead of the extreme right candidate of the National Association, Marine Le Pen. Le Pen would be in second place with a support of 17 percent to 18.5 percent, closely followed by one of the great unknowns of the electoral race, fellow member Eric Zemmour, also contained within the extreme right, and who would achieve between 16 and 17 percent of the vote despite the fact that he has not even announced his candidacy. Macron would face one of the two in the second round on April 24.

None of the conservatives, including the head of the northern region of Hautes de France, Xavier Bertrand – with 15 percent -; the president of the Ile-de-France region, Valerie Pecresse, or the former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, were able to defeat the two far-right candidates.

This uncertainty is unprecedented because Le Pen, Zemmour and Bertrand are three points away from each other and are knocking on the door of the second round “, explains to ‘Le Figaro’ Ifop opinion leader, Frederic Dabi.” This is, really, an ideological victory for the right and the extreme right, “he acknowledged.

By the left-wing candidates, the best positioned is the president of the France Insoumise Group, Jean-Luc Melenchon with 8 percent, ahead of the Green candidate, Yannick Jadot, with 7 percent. Anne Hidalgo, the socialist mayor of Paris, who this week presented her candidacy, shows between 5 percent and 5.5 percent of support.

The far right asks for union

This same Saturday, Le Pen has criticized Zemmour for his attempts to divide the far right and has asked him to “reserve his complaints for Macron.” “I would like Eric Zemmour to realize that I have no responsibility for the situation in the country and that it is Emmanuel Macron who is in power,” he said.

“Therefore, you should reserve your complaints for the President of the Republic instead of someone who has defended France with conviction, honesty and tenacity for longer than he has,” Le Pen said, referring to herself, during a appearance in Pernes-les-Fontaines (southeast of the country). “I am the best positioned as a national candidate and I am convinced that at some point she will notice and join my candidacy “, she added, in comments collected by ‘Le Figaro’.

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