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Will Marine Le Pen be the next French president?  Far-right candidate steals more and more voters from Macron |  French presidential elections

Will Marine Le Pen be the next French president? Far-right candidate steals more and more voters from Macron | French presidential elections

The first round of presidential elections will be held in France next Sunday. However, of the twelve candidates, only two stand a real chance: Will Emmanuel Macron remain in power, or should he pass the sceptre to the far-right Marine Le Pen? After all, the latter does every survey a little better. The difference between the candidates is currently barely between 1 and 2.5 percent.

Macron and his party, La République en Marche (LREM) will receive 26.5% of the vote on Sunday, according to an ongoing poll by IFOP-Fiducial. Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement National (RN)) is trailing 24 percent. Earlier this week, Macron had 27 percent and Le Pen 23 percent.

52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Macron in a second round – where Macron and Le Pen will face each other. However, the poll’s margin of error was calculated from 1.4 to 3.1 percent, so it cannot be ruled out that Macron will still bite the dust and let Le Pen go first.

In a poll conducted by the French newspaper Le Figaro, Le Pen came behind Macron with only 1% (39%) with 38% of the vote.

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Since her election defeat in 2017, Le Pen has worked hard to improve her image and portray herself as a more moderate politician. During the lockdown, the chairwoman of the far-right Rassemblement National party also got her certification as a professional cat groomer and didn’t miss a photo opportunity as an animal lover.

that there with Eric Zemmour This year, a more radical right-wing candidate than Le Pen who presents himself as a veteran xenophobe makes the FN candidate look less extreme and up her likeability factor.

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However, the National Rally still stands for a tough approach towards immigrants. Le Pen wants to end subsidies for foreigners, end family reunification, give priority to the French for jobs and social housing, ban headscarves in public places, and expel unemployed foreigners. “Being French should give you more rights than being a foreigner,” she said earlier this week.

However, Le Pen in her election campaign this year mainly focuses on purchasing power, which is one of the main concerns of the French people. Meanwhile, it also benefits from Macron’s focus in recent months on mediating the Ukraine-Russia conflict. After all, this topic is very far from the everyday worries of the French.

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