Nothing can be taken for granted in the French presidential election, which starts next week.
That is the message of the French president, Emmanuel Macrons, to his party colleagues.
Recent polls show an ever-increasing race between Macron and one of his right-wing political rivals, Marine Le Pen.
The war in Ukraine has meant that the president has started running an election campaign late. On Wednesday night, he was for the first time at an election rally in his own party, La République en marche (LREM).
Here ‘he called for a collective mobilization on the idea that nothing has been gained yet’. It says a source who attended the party meeting on Wednesday night.
Macron has long been seen as the big favorite to be re-elected to his second term.
But in recent polls, Le Pen is catching up with him.
The first round of the French presidential election will take place next Sunday, April 10.
The two candidates who get the most votes here will advance to the second round of elections, which will take place on 24 April.
A poll by the research institute Elabe on Wednesday showed a support of 47.5 percent for Le Pen and 52.5 percent for Macron, if the two candidates, as expected, go on to the second round of elections.
The poll has a margin of error of up to three percent, so that means in theory that Le Pen could become France’s next president.
Another poll, released Thursday by Ipsos, gives Macron the victory with 54 percent of the vote in the second round.
Ten days ago, opinion polls predicted a victory for Macron with 56 percent support if, as expected, he meets Le Pen in the second round of elections.
“Of course, Marine Le Pen can win,” said Édouard Philippe, a former prime minister under President Macron, in an interview with Le Parisien.
“If she wins, believe me – things will be completely different for this country. Her program is dangerous, “added Philippe, who has formed his own party but is still seen as Macron’s ally.
Independent observers believe that Le Pen has gained momentum because she has focused on the close things such as the dwindling purchasing power that many French people experience.
Moreover, she is now seen by some voters as more moderate after another presidential candidate, Eric Zemmour, appeared on the far right.
But according to Macron, there is no difference between the two. They are both ‘the far right’, he said at an election rally in the town of Fouras in southwestern France on Thursday.
They are a ‘duo far to the right and I am fighting against’, he said, criticizing that the traditional right wing has apparently given up on giving the two candidates resistance.
“People have normalized it and looked away, they say ‘they’ve become friendlier,'” Macron said.
So ‘we should not be surprised’ to see a strengthened Le Pen, Macron warned.
The president is scheduled to hold his first major voter rally in Paris on Saturday.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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