France: Far-right Zemour would advance to second round, according to new poll

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A poll released Sunday showed French far-right talk show star Eric Zemour would advance to the second round if the April 2022 presidential election were held yesterday to face outgoing President Emanuel Macron.

The finding confirms previous polls that he wanted to surpass the leader of the French far right, Marine Le Pen.

The 63-year-old former journalist, who has been convicted of inciting hatred, has been on all television and radio channels in recent months, delivering a series of provocative comments about Islam, immigrants, women …

According to a poll by the IFOP-Fiducial Institute for Le Figaro and LCI, Eric Zemour would receive 17% of the presidential run-off in the first round yesterday, well behind Emanuel Macron (25%). but marginally surpassing Marin Lepen (16%). Conservative Xavier Bertrand would secure 13% if he were a Republican candidate (Les Républicains, LR).

At this stage, neither of them – neither President Emanuel Macron nor Eric Zemour – has formalized his candidacy.

For more than a year, opinion polls have shown that Marin Le Pen, the head of the National Alarm (Rassemblement National), is comfortable in the second round and will face Emanuel Macron in 2017. In those elections, he had secured 21.3% in the first round, but the current president had clearly prevailed in the second, collecting 66.1%.

For the past two months, however, opinion polls have put Eric Zemour ahead of Marin Le Pen, whose faction has dominated France’s far right for decades.

A Harris Interactive poll on October 6 showed that the percentage of votes it attracted reached 17%, an increase of four percentage points from September, surpassing Marin Le Pen (15%). A poll by the Ipsos Sopra Steria Institute also showed that Eric Zemour would advance to the second round, scoring 16-16.5% versus Marin Le Pen’s 15-16%.

Continuing his series of deliberately provocative statements, Donald Trump’s outspoken admirer told BFMTV yesterday that French women are paid less because they choose lower-paying professions.

Although he has not yet formalized his candidacy, he said he has already set up the mechanism for his possible election campaign.

“Everything is ready. All I have to do is decide and press the button. I will decide when and how.”

Source: AMPE

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Source From: Capital

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