Shock Poll puts Marine Le Pen ahead of Macron in second round

An investigation released this week by a Brazil-based company has revealed that populist leader Marine Le Pen may stay ahead of President Emmanuel Macron as France votes in the first round of the presidential election this weekend.

The poll, which is part of a wider poll around the French presidential election, was released Thursday by Brazil-based company Atlas Intelligence and claims Marine Le Pen has won President Macron in a runoff election.

While the poll expects President Macron to win the first ballot this weekend with at least 27.8 percent of the vote, with Ms Le Pen second with 21.3 percent, the latest Macron leads in a second ballot with 41.4 percent. . percent of votes against 40.8 for Macron

18 percent say they are either undecided or have no intention of voting.

In a potential run-off against conservative writer and pundit Eric Zemmour, center-right candidate Valérie Pécresse or far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, Polls suggest Macron would win decisively, largely because of the number of people who either didn’t vote, left their ballot blanks. or not sure who to vote for.

Le Pen also scored lowest in terms of negative voter attitudes among the candidates, with 54.5 percent portraying her in a negative light, compared to 55.8 percent for President Macron.

A total of 68.8 percent said they had a negative view of Eric Zemmour, while the left-wing mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo had an even worse score of 69.5 percent rating her negatively.

The poll coincides with more recent polls showing Le Pen is gaining ground over President Macron, who has avoided participating in debates among the presidential candidates heading to the election this weekend.

Political academic Nicolas Tenzer acknowledged that a Le Pen victory could be possible, saying, “With a high abstinence rate, which is possible, and the level of hatred of the president among some people, there could be a real surprise,” and added: “The idea of ​​Le Pen winning is not impossible.”

In the final days leading up to the election, both Le Pen and Zemmour highlighted the death of Jewish man Jeremy Cohen, who was hit by a tram and died in February in the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis.

Initially thought to be an accident, footage later surfaced showing Cohen being chased and beaten by a crowd of people just before his death, raising the question of whether his death was the result of fleeing an anti-Semitic attack.

“The images of the death of Jeremy Cohen are chilling. The death of another of our children and the deafening silence about the facts for two months revolts me. Did he die to escape the scum? Did he die because he was a Jew? Why is this case being covered up?” Zemmour said this week.

“In late February, Jérémy Cohen was murdered, crushed under a tram while fleeing after being beaten by a gang. What was presented as an accident could be an anti-Semitic murder. How to explain the silence about this affair and its motives?” Le Pen called for a parliamentary inquiry into the incident.

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