The President of France, Emmanuel Macronhas accused his far-right rival this Friday, Marine LePenof lying to voters about their “racist” electoral program. Meanwhile, the distance between the two candidates for the presidential elections held this Sunday is getting shorter and shorter.
“There is a clear strategy (of Le Pen’s campaign) to hide how brutal his program is,” Macron told the newspaper. Le Parisian In an interview. According to the president, the fundamentals of the National Group’s candidate “have not changed”, since she has a “Program racist that seeks to polarize society and of great brutality”.
Until a few weeks ago, Macron was the favorite candidate in the French elections and his re-election seemed inevitable. However, the latest polls predict a tough challenge for the president. This Friday’s has shown the narrowest support gap in history between two rivals, with Le Pen winning the support of 49% of voters in a probable second round.
Before the first round this Sunday, the president already has lost another two points, dropping to 26% of the votes, while his rival has increased his popularity by 2% and has risen to 25% of the votes.
Le Pen, “shocked”, calls Macron “aggressive”
For her part, the far-right leader told the Franceinfo radio station that she was “shocked” by the accusation of the current president, whom she described as “feverish” and “aggressive”. Likewise, he has defended himself by stating that his program aims to put the rights of the French first, regardless of their origin.
Le Pen has focused her campaign on purchasing power, taking advantage of the main concern of voters by promising to reduce taxes and increase some social benefits, which has served to soften her image. In addition, the radical views of another of his rivals, Eric Zemmour, have helped him appear more conventional.
Many left-wing voters have told pollsters that, unlike in 2017, they would not vote in the second round to remove her from power. “Marine Le Pen has never been so capable of winning a presidential election“, said the deputy director of the Harris Interactive polling institute, Jean-David Levy.
Macron regrets having entered late in the campaign for Ukraine
This Friday, the French president has regretted having entered the race for re-election late due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Who was going to understand six weeks ago that I would suddenly start giving political rallies, that I would focus on internal issues when the war in Ukraine started?” he lamented.
“So it is a fact that I entered (the campaign) even later than I wanted,” he stressed, later adding that still retains a “spirit of conquest and not of defeat”. Macron has tried to make up for lost time and contain his fall in the polls, which give him up to six points less than two weeks ago in the first round of the elections.
Almost 49 million voters are called to the polls this Sunday in the first round of the presidential elections. For now, surveys indicate that around one-third of voters still undecided about the candidate you will support. Moreover, abstention could exceed 25% for the first time since 2002, when Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, qualified for the second round against all odds.
Meanwhile, far-left veteran Jean-Luc Mélenchon is in third place with around 17% of voting intentions. In recent weeks, he has gained support and his supporters still hold out hope that he will make it to the second round.