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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Marine Le Pen SURGES in latest poll as Macron is blasted for first round celebrations
THE French electorate are abandoning Emmanuel Macron after a series of gaffes have helped Marine Le Pen back in contention ahead of the presidency campaign, latest polls show. Europhile Macron, who has previously vowed to go “tough” on the UK’s historic Brexit vote, has been roasted for seemingly swanning around Paris like he has already won the presidency.
An Elabe poll for BFM TV found that half of people surveyed considered that Ms Le Pen's campaign had started well, compared with just 43 per cent for Macron.Another found some 61 per cent of French voters think that Ms Le Pen is leading a successful second-round campaign, compared to 48 per cent for Mr Macron, according to a Harris Interactive poll for RMC and Atlantico published on Wednesday.
Mr Macron is the current frontrunner ahead of the second round of the French election but has been accused of complacency by both rivals and allies.He was booed and jeered by striking factory workers during a chaotic campaign visit in northern France, marking a stark contrast with Ms Le Pen taking photographs with workers.
She vowed to stop the factory from closing if elected on May 7, and told the striking staff: “Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on - he is on the side of the corporations.“I am on the workers' side, here in the car park, not in the restaurants of Amiens.”
Ms Le Pen’s supporters, including her father, are trying to split the unified front against her by praising the defeated far left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.In a Channel 4 interview, aired in February, the En Marche! chief repeatedly promised to ensure Britain faced “consequences” for voting Leave.
Rivals and potential allies alike criticised Mr Macron for visiting on an expensive Parisian restaurant, the same choice as unpopular incumbent François Hollande, for celebrations after coming out on top in the first round of voting.Mr Macron won the first-round vote on Sunday with 23.9 per cent of the total vote.
His rival, anti-EU Ms Le Pen, finished second after gathering 21.4 per cent of support.Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, in a radio interview said: “I think that her campaign was too cool.“If I’d been in her place, I would have had a campaign like Trump’s. That’s to say, a wide-open campaign, very aggressive against those who are responsible for the decay of the country, whether right or left.” http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/797147/Marine-Le-Pen-French-Election-Emmanuel-Macron-poll-Jean-Marie-Le-Pen-Jean-Luc-M-lenchon