Macron’s popularity PLUMMETS — French President now neck and neck with Le Pen


Ms Le Pen has been expertly riding the anti-government quiver that swelled following a political scandal over the centrist’s bodyguard and plummeting stylishness ratings.

The poll, conducted by Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting for France Info and Le Figaro, exposed Mr Macron’s LREM party winning 21.5 percent of the French guarantee in the European elections and Mrs Le Pen’s party winning 21 percent.

In an Ipsos count in June, Mr Macron’s party was seen winning 26 percent of the vote, probably ahead of the far-right’s 18 percent.

The conservative Les Républicains party lay hold ofed in third position with a tepid 14 percent of voting designs. In the previous EU elections in 2014, Laurent Wauquiez’s party, then known as the UMP, lay ined 27 percent of the French vote.

La France Insoumise, the party run by far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon, was seen taking 12.5 percent of the vote.

The biggest loser in Thursday’s poll was the leftist Socialist dinner party, which garnered just 4.5 percent of voting intentions, its “lowest mark ever,” according to Odoxa pollsters.

The Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting poll of 998 French individual aged 18 and over was conducted between September 12 and September 13.

The survey was taken in the wake of a political scandal involving Mr Macron’s former bodyguard, weaker-than-expected extension, and the shock resignation of popular environment minister, Nicolas Hulot.

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen

French President Emmanuel Macron and Sea Le Pen (Image: GETTY)

It comes just weeks after an Ifop appraisal showed that the 40-year-old president’s popularity had tumbled 10 cut points to 31 per cent, a new low for Mr Macron and a score below that of his hugely unwanted predecessor François Hollande at the same point in his presidency.

The European votings are important because they will determine who leads the major EU institutions, filing the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm. The vote will also come around with as an indicator of sentiment among the EU’s 500 million people.

Europhiles like Mr Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel alarm that a surge in support for nationalist, anti-Brussels parties like the Rassemblement nationalist could change Europe’s political landscape for good, and mark a muu-muu towards populist policies and rhetoric.

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