French far-right over­takes Macron in EU par­lia­ment elec­tion poll

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France’s far-right Rassem­ble­ment Na­tional (RN) party jumped ahead of Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s LREM for the first time in a poll of vot­ing in­ten­tions for May 2019 Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions.

An Ifop poll pub­lished on Sun­day showed the cen­trist Re­pub­lic on the Move (LREM) with 19 per­cent of vot­ing in­ten­tions com­pared to 20 per­cent at the end of Au­gust, while far-right leader Ma­rine Le Pen’s RN -- for­merly the Na­tional Front -- rose to 21 per­cent from 17 per­cent pre­vi­ously.

To­gether with the seven per­cent score of sovereignist Ni­co­las Dupont-Aig­nan and one per­cent each for “Frexit” par­ties led by for­mer Le Pen as­so­ciate Flo­rian Philip­pot and Fran­cois As­se­lin­eau, far-right par­ties won a com­bined 30 per­cent of vot­ing in­ten­tions, up from 25 per­cent end Au­gust.

The poll asked nearly 1,000 French peo­ple on Oct 30-31 who they would vote for if the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions were to be held the next Sun­day.

The con­ser­va­tive Les Repub­li­cains party led by Lau­rent Wauquiez slipped two per­cent­age points to 13 per­cent, while the far-left France In­soumise led by Jean-Luc Me­len­chon fell from 14 to 11 per­cent.

Me­len­chon was widely crit­i­cized and mocked af­ter yelling at po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a raid of his party of­fices as part of an anti-cor­rup­tion in­quiry.

In an Odoxa-Dentsu poll re­leased mid-Sep- tem­ber, Macron and Le Pen’s par­ties were neck-and-neck at around 21 per­cent, while the con­ser­va­tive Les Repub­li­cains came third with 14 per­cent and Me­len­chon’s France In­soumise fourth with 12.5 per­cent.

In an Ifop poll in May, the LREM was seen win­ning 27 per­cent of the EU par­lia­ment vote, well ahead of the far right’s 17 per­cent and more than Macron’s 24 per­cent in the first round of France’s April 2017 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. The Euro­pean elec­tions are shap­ing up to be a ma­jor bat­tle be­tween cen­trist, pro-EU par­ties like Macron’s LREM and far-right for­ma­tions that want to stop im­mi­gra­tion and glob­al­i­sa­tion.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions de­ter­mine who leads the ma­jor EU in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, the bloc’s civil ser­vice, and are also im­por­tant as a bell­wether of sen­ti­ment among the EU’s 500 mil­lion peo­ple.

In a YouGov poll pub­lished last week, Macron’s pop­u­lar­ity fell to its low­est level since his 2017 elec­tion, with only 21 per­cent of those polled say­ing they were sat­is­fied with him.

Macron’s rep­u­ta­tion has been hit by the brusque de­par­ture of two high-pro­file min­is­ters and a sum­mer scan­dal over his body­guard, while stub­bornly high un­em­ploy­ment, high taxes and ris­ing fuel prices add to a gen­eral feel­ing of dis­con­tent.

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