The landslide success of Emmanuel Macron’s party seems to be fading away as the party of his presidential rival, Marine Le Pen, is overtaking his ruling alliance six months ahead of European parliamentary elections, a poll shows.
With his ratings rapidly plummeting, the centrist leader who was once the rising star of French politics is losing his position. According to the Ifop poll on Sunday, the centrist’s La Republique En Marche (LREM) party scored second when people were asked on their voting intentions for May 2019 European Parliament election.
Intention de vote #Europeennes2019 hypothèse @RoyalSegolene tête de liste PS :
RN : 21%; +4
LREM : 19%; -1
LR : 13%; -2
FI : 11%; -3
PS : 7,5%; +1,5
EELV : 7%; -0,5
DLF : 7%; +0,5
UDI : 3%; +0,5
Générations : 2,5%; -0,5
PC : 2%; =
Sondage @IfopOpinion @LettreExpansion pic.twitter.com/4FjfNiLVtS
— Ifop Opinion (@IfopOpinion) November 4, 2018
The ruling party appears to be outpaced by the alliance of Macron’s former presidential rival –Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen. Her National Rally (formerly Front National) gathered 21 percent of the voters against LREM’s 19 percent. Le Pen and Macron faced off in the second round of the 2017 presidential election. Back then the current president won with a landslide 66 percent against Le Pen’t 33 percent.
Le Pen apparently hopes to repeat the success of the 2014 European parliament election, when her party gained nearly a quarter of the votes. Macron’s party didn’t take part in that election, as LREM was founded only in 2016.
50-year-old Le Pen has repeatedly slammed Macron’s policies on the migrant crisis, calling them “crazy.” “There is no money for the French, but there is money for migration,” she once said. The politician also advocates for breaking away from the European Union and moving towards a union of individual nations. “The European Union is not Europe… it is not the real Europe that we want,” she said earlier, calling the bloc “an ideological structure” and “an institution governed by an anonymous authority.”'
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