June 27, 2022

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Emmanuel Macron warns he could lose French election to the far right

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French president Emmanuel Macron has warned his supporters not to assume that he will win a second term in this month’s election, suggesting that one of his far-right rivals could defeat him.

In his only big rally of the campaign, the French leader pointed to his own victory in 2017 and the UK’s vote for Brexit the previous year as examples of unexpected political outcomes.

“The extremist danger today is even greater than it was a few months ago, a few years ago,” he told supporters who gathered in an auditorium at La Défense just outside Paris on Saturday.

“Don’t believe the commentators or the opinion polls who say it’s impossible, unthinkable, who say ‘the election is already won and it’ll all be fine’. Look at us, look at you, five years ago. People said it was impossible. Look at Brexit and so many elections where the result seemed improbable but did actually happen.” 

Opinion polls project that Macron will come top in the first round of voting next weekend, ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. He is then expected to win against her in the second and final round two weeks later as he did five years ago, but this time the polls predict a much narrower margin of victory.

According to the latest Ipsos survey released on Saturday, Macron would receive 26 per cent of first round votes, followed by Le Pen on 21 per cent and the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon on 15.5 per cent. In the second round, Macron would beat Le Pen by 53 per cent to 47.

In 2017 Macron campaigned as a candidate who was “neither right nor left”. He had never held elected office and was hailed as a breath of fresh air. He crushed the two main political movements that had held the presidency for the past six decades: the Gaullists, now represented by the conservative Les Républicains, and the Socialists.

This time, however, he is seen as part of the establishment after five years in the Elysée Palace.

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