French right-wing presidential contender Eric Zemmour widens gap over Marine Le Pen in election opinion poll – but survey shows overall victory for Macron
- Right-wing Eric Zemmour improved his position in a new French election poll
- But he is still behind President Emmanuel Macron in voting intention next year
- The new poll also projected Zemmour widening the gap over Marine Le Pen
French right-wing commentator Eric Zemmour improved his position in second place behind President Emmanuel Macron in voting intentions for next year’s presidential election, a Harris Interactive opinion poll showed.
The poll, published today, projected Zemmour winning 18-19% of first-round votes, up one point and widening the gap over Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Rassemblement National party.
Zemmour’s surge in popularity in just a few months has come largely at the expense of Le Pen, who some polls in the summer projected winning as much as 28% of the first-round vote, higher than Macron.
Emmanuel Macron won the second round against Marine Le Pen in 2017 with 66% of votes
Macron remained in the lead, with an unchanged 23-24%.
Last month Zemmour called Britons France’s ‘greatest enemies for a thousand years’ and called D-Day, the Allied landings of June 6 1944 that ultimately freed his country from the Nazis, ‘an enterprise of liberation but also of occupation and colonisation by the Americans’.
The new poll showed Zemmour winning 19% of first-round voting intentions if former European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wins the centre-right Les Republicains party’s nomination on 4 December, and 18% if Xavier Bertrand or Valerie Pecresse does so.
The survey also showed Le Pen slipping a point to secure 15-16% of first-round voting intentions.
The poll projected Zemmour winning 18-19% of first-round votes, up one point and widening the gap over Marine Le Pen
Michel Barnier hopes to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next April’s French presidential election
The Harris poll forecast Macron would win the second-round runoff against all potential challengers, getting 58% of the votes against Zemmour and 55% against Le Pen.
Macron won the second round against Le Pen in 2017 with 66% of votes.
France is due to go to the polls in April next year to decide whether to grant Macron a second five-year term or hand power to one of his rivals.
While polls have consistently shown the centrist president winning both the first and second round of voting, he has been bleeding support to right-wing candidates; with left-wing leaders failing to make an impact.
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