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Sasa
Friday, January 20th, 2017, 12:48 AM
Le Pen Moves Into Lead in French Race, Le Monde Poll Shows

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-19/le-pen-moves-into-first-in-french-race-le-monde-poll-shows

Marine Le Pen is gaining support in France and has taken the lead in a major survey of voters’ intentions for the first round of the presidential election.

The populist leader of the National Front had between 25 percent and 26 percent support compared with 23 percent to 25 percent for Republican candidate Francois Fillon, according to an Ipsos Sopra Steria poll for Cevipof and Le Monde. In mid December, Fillon led with about 28 percent and Le Pen around 25 percent.

Since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president on Nov. 8, the French race has been closely-watched as another crucial battle between populist and establishment forces. Under the French electoral system, the two leading candidates face each other in a run-off vote on May 7, presenting a significant hurdle to Le Pen. The poll didn’t include data for the second-round vote.

European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, a French Socialist, said in Davos Thursday that there’s little chance of Le Pen securing the broad support needed for victory.

‘Not Worried’

“I’m not worried about Madame Le Pen being president,” Moscovici said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “I don’t want Madame Le Pen in power. Never, ever in my country.”

Le Pen has pledged to take France out of the euro if she wins.

Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron is in third position and gaining, the poll showed. His support would exceed 20 percent if Arnaud Montebourg becomes the presidential candidate for the ruling Socialist Party, according to Le Monde. Communist-backed candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon would win between 14 and 15 percent support.

With 15,921 people interviewed, the Ipsos Sopra Steria poll is roughly 16 times the size of typical French political surveys.

RoyBatty
Friday, January 20th, 2017, 07:54 AM
“I don’t want Madame Le Pen in power. Never, ever in my country.”


Then pack your bags for your country Israel, Pierre.

Bernhard
Friday, January 20th, 2017, 08:21 AM
A lot of people were happy to see Fillon enter the race on behalf of the republicans, because it would make it less probable that Le Pen would win, because Fillon would be the 'less radical alternative'. But noone seemed to have taken into account the possibility that Fillon might not even win the first round. He is far less popular among the working class and not very good in a campaign. If he doesn't make it to the second round and Le Pen will be facing a socialist, there's a much bigger chance that she will win and become president.

The Aesthete
Friday, January 20th, 2017, 02:30 PM
France really needs her to get in

Primus
Saturday, January 21st, 2017, 06:44 AM
The globalist left, after Brexit and the rise of Trump, is on shaky ground. Good. I really want to see Le Pen win and win big in France.

Modie
Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 01:14 AM
"Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built." ~ Marie LePen;)

Ahnenerbe
Monday, January 30th, 2017, 08:29 AM
"Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built." ~ Marie LePen;)

That's the thing. Those populists have no ideology, no plan. They are only in reaction mode.