Marine Le Pen's National Rally Overtakes Macron in EU Election Poll
Macron has faced with historic uprisings in France over the past year
French president Emmanuel Macron has had a rude awakening as results from an EU election poll revealed a surge in support for Marine Le Pen's right-wing party National Rally (RN).
Macron has faced with historic uprisings in France over the past year including the Yellow Vests movement which began as a protest against fuel taxes hikes, but later expanded into a more anti-globalism stance.
But now Marine Le Pen's right-wing party is surprisingly expected to outstrip French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche in the upcoming European Parliament elections, which will take place between 23-26 May, with 22 percent of the vote, according to the Ipsos poll.
Macron’s REM party would somewhat lag behind with 21.5 percent of the vote, According to the poll.
But other polls have also suggested RN's leading position.
The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on 2-3 May after President Macron announced a set of measures, inclduing 5 billion worth of tax cuts ($5.6 billion), in an attempt to quell the yellow vest protests.
In a bid to reconnect with voters, Macron unveiled a 10-billion-euro package of tax cuts and income top-ups for the working poor and pensioners.
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But Macron was swiftly accused of removing the yellow vests priority demands of the table, including the return of a popular "solidarity tax" on the rich, which he removed.
Another yellow vest demand was citizen-sponsored referendums, which Macron has failed to honor.
At the beginning of 2019, 75 percent of French citizens disapproved of Macron's government, according to a poll by Odexa.
The poll, which was conducted by Adoxa and Dentsu Consulting for France Info and Le Figaro, revealed that just 25% percent said they were happy with Macron's government.
The figures show an alarming loss of popularity for Macron compared to April 2018 when a poll revealed just 59 percent of unhappy citizens, according to France Info.
The new poll, which surveyed 1,004 people across France, was completed in early January.