Oh dear, Emmanuel! Panicked Macron suffers devastating election blow – poll

Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte addresses French 2022 elections

The survey by Harris Interactive comes as a devastating blow to Mr Macron ahead of next year’s vote. The French president would receive 52 percent compared to Ms Le Pen’s 48 percent in the second round of voting in the election, according to Le Parisien.

National Rally leader Ms Le Pen lost to centrist Mr Macron in the 2017 election.

The first round of the presidential election is due to take place in April 2022.

The second round is held two weeks later between the two candidates who receive the most votes.

Ms Le Pen, who came third to François Hollande in 2012, has announced she will stand next year.

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Pro-European Mr Macron has not yet confirmed whether he will be running again.

The first round of the poll, commissioned by CommStrat and L’Opinion, put Ms Le Pen on 26 to 27 percent, while Mr Macron was on 23 to 24 percent.

The results suggest the pair are on course to battle it out in the second round once again.

The poll of 1,403 people was conducted on January 19-20.

In 2017, Mr Macron won the second round by 66 percent to Ms Le Pen’s 34 percent.

However, the first round was tighter with Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen on 24 percent and 21.3 percent respectively.

During his presidency, Mr Macron has had to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

France has been one of the worst-hit countries, with the sixth-highest number of cases and seventh-highest death toll.

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The French president has also faced waves of anti-government “yellow vest” protests.

The movement started in November 2018 and has seen violent clashes between demonstrators and police.

The protests were sparked by fuel price rises but have since become a broader movement.

Meanwhile, a recent Isop poll, which quizzed 2,013 adults in France from January 5-7, suggested support for Europe is waning. 

The desire for less from Europe has increased from 44 percent to 49 percent, according to the poll.

And 68 percent said the reforms implemented during Mr Macron’s term had a negative impact on them.

Wolfgang Munchau, director of politic analysts Eurointelligence, tweeted: “Since the pandemic there has been a shift in French public opinion – against digitalisation, against deregulation, and against Europe.”

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